Civilians to organize for security

Neighborhood watch organizer Jackie Itzkovitz, left, with Mayor Van Johnson. Photo available for purchase

Neighborhood watch organizer Jackie Itzkovitz, left, with Mayor Van Johnson.

LOIS SWOBODA
Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM.

Local law enforcement has blessed an effort to organize a neighborhood watch group in Apalachicola .

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, about 20 people met at Battery Park to discuss crime in Apalachicola . Jackie Itzkovitz chaired the meeting.

She said she became aware of a crime problem in the city after metal furniture and a golf cart charger were stolen from her yard. Itzkovitz read a list of crimes committed around town over the last three months.

“In 52 years, I have not been robbed and now it has happened, and I feel violated,” Itzkovitz said.

She said she posted her concerns on Facebook and now has 360 followers. She said a watch group is in the works for Carrabelle but she plans to concentrate on Apalachicola .

In attendance were Sgt. Ryan Sandoval, community liaison with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, and Apalachicola police officers Ginger Creamer and Pam Lewis.



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