Did you see that recent story declaring Pikes Peak Park the most dangerous neighborhood for gun violence in all of Colorado?
“People don’t want to get involved,” said Moore, who lives just outside Pikes Peak Park and has family in the troubled neighborhood.
But he said the issue of deadly violence is not unique to Pikes Peak Park. It’s all over the larger Sand Creek area. And it will continue as long as people ignore it and refuse to call police.
“The whole southeast part of town has that type of crime,” Moore said. “The biggest complaint I have is that we can’t get people there to be involved in their community.”
Of the 800-some Neighborhood Watch groups logged by the Colorado Springs Police Department, including Business Watch and Apartment Watch groups, barely 100 are in the Sand Creek Division of CSPD.
Moore is frustrated because he sees a real opportunity in the area’s heavy concentration of apartment complexes.
“I go and talk to apartment complex managers to try and organize apartment watch groups,” Moore said. “But they are too busy. And some are afraid.”
They are only hurting themselves by not making time, he said.
Same for the thousands of renters in the area. They may not feel invested as a homeowner, but getting involved is still important.
“The stuff inside their apartments is their property and they ought to try to protect it,” Moore said.
It’s as simple as calling police when they see suspicious activity in their parking lots and buildings.
There are other techniques and they involve organizing watch groups and meeting your neighbors and making those calls to police.
Want to learn more? Plan on attending Moore’s next training session at 1 p.m., June 22, at the Police Department’s Falcon Division, 7850 Goddard St., when Moore hosts his next training session for the Neighborhood and Business Watch Program.
In 90 minutes, participants in the free training session will learn the basics about Neighborhood Watch and find out what it takes to become a block captain.
Get there, join and maybe that crime rate will drop.