A new community watch group in Dedham will announce its presence with signs on Bussey Street and Liberty Lane.
Dan Giacalone, one of the groups founding members, said he joined the group to promote community and safety in the Liberty Lane and Bussey Street area.
“We just want to protect ourselves in any way we can,” Giacalone said.
The signs, which selectmen approved on April 25, will announce that the community is protected by a neighborhood watch, Giacalone said.
“If anybody is looking to do any house break-ins, they might be thinking twice about doing it in this neighborhood,” Giacalone said.
The group meets once every two months and Dedham Police Chief Michael d’Entremont attends all meetings and provides law enforcement updates about their neighborhood.
D’Entremont also provides similar updates to other neighborhood groups, including the Oakdale Square Alliance, the Mother Brook Community Group, the Manor Neighborhood Association, and Dedham Square Circle.
“These groups are a positive development for the town,” d’Entremont said. “It is important for residents to be engaged in communication and the safety of their neighborhood. Police rely on citizens to be observant and report criminal and suspicious activity.”
While d’Entremont does not have hard numbers for crime reduction in those areas, he did say there has been an increased sense of community in the areas that have neighborhood groups.
He added that the signs will have a positive effect.
“The signs do let people know that others are watching and will call the police,” d’Entremont said.
The police chief also informed the group about House Bill 2190, which would allow Dedham police to pursue criminals 500 yards into Boston and vice versa, according to Giacalone.
The group, being on a border with Boston, is advocating for the bill, Giacalone said.