Mechanicville police ask dog walkers to help 'sniff out' crime

May 16, 2018 06:37 PM

MECHANICVILLE - Police in Mechanicville are trotting out a new idea they hope will get more people involved in sniffing out crime in their neighborhoods. The plan is using dog walkers to fight crime. They say people are already out and about walking their animals and they could use an extra set of eyes.

Dog owners are out all times at the day or night – often in neighborhoods where police patrols might not be and Mechanicville police would love it if when dog owners – or anybody spot something unusual or out of the ordinary that they call them right away.

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"I think it's a great idea, because we're always out and about, walking around the city or neighborhoods where we can always see what's going on," explained Jodie Powers of Mechanicville.

"I think it's a very good idea to do that," echoed John Maynard of Mechanicville. "Get all the dog owners involved in it. I think it would work out very well."

"I assert Daisy would be on her toes. She'd be barking and growling. She's a good girl and she's a very good watchdog," added Vinnie Berghela of Mechanicville.

Mechanicville police have been gauging the reaction from the community after posting this idea on their Facebook page. People seem to love it.

Mechanicville police see this as sort of an expansion of the National Night Out program. They are envisioning a brief training session for people. It's a way for them to build relationships in the community, keep crime levels down and for everybody to be involved in the effort to have a safe community.


WNYT Staff

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