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Tonawanda Neighborhoods Watching Closely to Halt Vandalism

By Joyce Kryszak

Tonawanda, NY – With the warm summer months usually comes a rise in criminal activity. Usually quiet suburban towns are not immune. Police and residents are taking action in the town of Tonawanda to halt a rash of vandalism.

About one hundred cars have been vandalized over the past few weeks in various parts of Tonawanda and Kenmore.

According to police officials, some windows were shot out by what is believed to be a pellet gun. Others were smashed out. Tonawanda Police Lieutenant Bill Miller said the extent of the vandalism is a bit surprising for Tonawanda.

A small red pick-up truck was identified as possibly being connected with the vandalism. The police investigation continues.

But Miller said residents can help prevent additional damage. He advises people to park in their driveways whenever possible.

The town has a history of being vigilent. Kathy Russell is co-chair of the town's Neighborhood Watch group. Russell said they have nine watch groups that are the eyes and ears for the police.

And the Sheridan Parkside watch group is starting an additional security program.

Residents are being asked to volunteer for the "safe place out of trouble program, called SPOT.

The pre-screened homes and businesses will give people in distress a safe place to ask for help - or to report any problems in their neighborhood.

Anyone interested in becoming a SPOT participant can apply by calling the Tonawanda Police.

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