Great Meeting with the MPD

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, several members of the CYNW gathered to meet with Police Director Michael Rallings and his team at the Cooper Young Community Association. Director Rallings was curious about how things were going with the camera program, so we gave a short demonstration and a neighborhood tour. Director Rallings was very impressed! His exact words were, “This could be a game changer for the city.” Continue reading

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CYNW June 8th Meeting

Our next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016, at the Memphis Made Brewery (southeast corner of York and Cooper; click here for map). Our main order of business will be to discuss plans for the cameras we will purchase with the 2016 Cycle I grant awards. Please join us at 6:30 to catch up on friendly smiles, handshakes, snacks, and beer, after which the meeting will start promptly at 7:00 pm. Continue reading

CYNW Awarded City Grants

The Cooper Young Neighborhood Watch is ecstatic to announce that each Zone has been awarded a crime prevention grant from the City of Memphis!  We have lots of plans for the grant funds, but our primary goal is to identify willing homeowners who would allow us to install private cameras on the exteriors of their homes to help monitor problematic entry points, alleys, and other areas that have seen higher frequencies of theft. Grant recipients will be officially recognized at an award ceremony scheduled for Friday, April 1, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. at City Hall. Continue reading

CYNW: Building Momentum!

The effort to revamp the Cooper-Young Neighborhood Watch program continues to build momentum!  A total of 55 concerned neighbors and guests packed the community room at Memphis Made Brewing on Wednesday, February 3rd, with the main topic of the evening being “CYNW needs you!”  Attendees were provided a list of over a dozen ways to get involved and asked to indicate their particular area(s) of interest and how many hours per month they could commit.  The response was overwhelming, with 37 of the 55 neighbors present offering an average of 4-6 hours per month towards making their neighborhood a safer place to live.  Each hour of volunteer service is worth $23 in required matching in-kind services, applied towards the $30,000 in grant funds that CYNW is in the process of applying for 2016. Continue reading

Protect Yourself

by Jason G. Whitworth, Esq.

Nobody wants to think about crime – until you become a victim. Then it becomes hard to shake off that feeling of being violated. That is why we should all be thankful that Aaron James and other concerned neighbors have taken up this crusade to crank back up a renewed Cooper-Young Neighborhood Watch program. For every crime that can be prevented, there will be one less family who will experience that sense of vulnerability inside their own home. Continue reading