KILLINGTON - Residents were assigned "in charge" of watching out
for crime in their neighborhoods Thursday night following a
presentation on burglary prevention by First Constable Whit
The meeting, attended by about 20 Killington residents at the
Sherburne Memorial Library at 7:30 p.m.,was for information
sharing and for Montgomery to ask for the public's help in keeping
their streets safe.
"We have 44 square miles of roads and alot of second homes. Even
if we had five full-time officers, it wouldn't be enough,"
Montgomery said, reporting that there had been seven burglaries to
unalarmed homes in Killington this year so far.
"The more eyes out there, the better," he said.
The constable, a resident himself, is helping to form the town's
first police department, starting with the hiring of a police
chief, which is ongoing.
For now, the town still relies on out-of-town state police,
sheriff's deputies and Montgomery to react to crime in the mountain
Montgomery and residents feel, however, that more community
policing, or crime prevention, is needed.
Residents on Thursday discussed ideas ranging from installing
game cameras on their blocks, to going door to door meeting their
neighbors, to getting the town to help pay for refrigerator magnets
with the contact information of Montgomery and State Police printed
Locking doors, garages and keeping lights on are also effective
in deterring crime, the constable said.
Montgomery assigned "block watch leaders" to head up
Neighborhood Watch groups, took down email addresses to be used
for email blasts on any suspicious cars or activity in town and
suggested that if residents see something, they say something, or,
at the least, write down the description and license plate number
of any suspicious car in question.
Montgomery said the seven home burglaries reported this year
thus far have been copper thefts of second homes mostly, which
could have been deterred using new security equipment that captures
images of cars pulling in and out of a resident's driveway and then
instantly emails that image to the resident's Smartphone, no matter
where they are.
One resident said she had one installed at her home in North
Sherburne after her house was burglarized a few years ago.
She showed some audience members a recent email image on her
phone, of her own car pulling in and out.
Another audience member said he was told to sleep with his car
keys next to him and press the panic button if a possible home
invader was near.
Montgomery told the audience he has asked for more of a police
presence up on the mountain and was assured that the State Police
and Rutland County Sheriff's Department would be closer by,
especially on targeted streets like Thundering Brook Road, River
Road, and Telefon Trail.
For more info on the town's community policing effort, call
Montgomery at 802-236-5030. For non-emergency calls, call
802-773-9101. For emergencies, dial 911.