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NW Precinct – Bridget Fitzpatrick firstname.lastname@example.org 402-444-6478
NE Precinct – Theola Cooper email@example.com 402-444-3367
SE Precinct – Ofelia Robles firstname.lastname@example.org 402-444-7743
SW Precinct – Pam Ehrhart email@example.com 402-444-7928
The co-chair, husband and wife couple of the Stonecreek Neighborhood Watch Program in West Omaha told Channel 6 News Tuesday they are staying alert following the murder of 33-year-old Andrea Kruger. The 530-home neighborhood sits right next the intersection at 168th and Fort where Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies found the murdered wife and mother of the three on August 21st.
Helen and Lyn Heller have headed up the neighborhood’s watch program since 2009 when they moved to Stonecreek. They said in the neighborhood they previously lived in the program was very organized and they believe it kept crime out of the area. They said they wanted to do the same in Stonecreek.
The current watch program consists of 40 “watch group blocks,” each headed up by different homeowners. Heller told Channel 6, 92% of the neighborhood participates in the program.
Bridgette Fitzpatrick, Crime Prevention Specialist with the Omaha Police Department, is the NW precinct leader of neighborhood watch programs. She said that neighbors are the first line of defense in preventing crime, and that everyone should stay alert following crime spikes.
Heler said following Kruger murder she wants her neighborhood to keep a look out for any suspicious activity and to make sure everyone reports suspicious activity.
Heler said the Douglas County Sheriff’s Dept. contacted the neighborhood to see if anyone has tips about the murder, or if anyone’s home security camera’s may have caught something on camera.
According to Heler, she sent an e-mail out to to residents alerting them to notify the Sheriff if they could be of any help. She said she is not sure whether any have contacted the department as of Tuesday afternoon.
Heler and Fitzpatrick said they encourage any neighborhood that does not have a “watch program” to start one immediately, as it has proved to work in her experience over the years.
To start a watch program contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department or the Omaha Police Department. The contact information can be found in the box to the right.