Panorama view of White Station Elementary School library filled to capacity on March 21, 2024, with more than 50 people for the inaugural meeting of the Avon Woods Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch Kick-off

Safety in numbers: More than 50 gather to forge a safer community

More than 50 Avon Woods neighbors gathered on Thursday, March 21, for an inaugural meeting to begin forming an official Neighborhood Watch. The White Station Elementary School library was filled to capacity with residents interested in banding together to help prevent crime in our neighborhood. Organized by Avon Woods resident Mary K. Allen, the meeting involved a presentation by Officer Nigel Payne of the Memphis Police Department, questions from the attendees, and an online survey conducted by MPD.

Officer Payne provided an overview of how the police department operates, helpful tips on how to increase safety in our neighborhood, and general information about the Appling Farms Station precinct in which Avon Woods resides. Appling Farms Station is located at 6850 Appling Farms Pkwy. and can be contacted directly at 901-636-4400.

“I was encouraged by the turnout at this very first meeting,” said Allen. “The group was engaged and prepared with questions and even challenges for our MPD officer.”

The next step for our Neighborhood Watch will be a second meeting on Thursday, April 18, to discuss how we want to organize and to begin appointing street captains. “This is just the start to what we believe will be a strong Neighborhood Watch group,” said Allen. “Hopefully, everyone will pass the word so that even more will attend the next meeting.”

Survey Results

Below are results of the online survey conducted by MPD during the meeting. Total number of people taking the survey: 32.

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