Several of the organizations were active in the past, but they gradually became inactive.
Baron said Elizabeth Galloway recently organized a watch group to cover the areas between East Inez to East Jones streets and from North St. Mary’s to North Harrison streets.
Another group is organizing to cover Newhall to Jones and Harrison to Carter streets.
“We’d very much like to see people from other parts of the city get together and start groups,” Baron said.
The Beeville Police Department officer said the first group organized here was in response to several home burglaries in the area.
Burglars were entering homes during the day and targeting mostly flat panel television sets.
Baron said there are no fees for organizing a watch group and the meetings are monthly.
The gatherings can be quite informative, because the BPD will provide an officer to speak to the group and offer important tips on how to fight crime.
Group members are asked to be on the lookout for suspicious activities in their neighborhoods and report them to the police when they see them.
Anyone interested in organizing a neighborhood watch program should call the BPD at 358-8100.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.