The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 7, 2012

Neighborhood watch forms on Facebook

Register-Herald Reporter

— One Shady Spring man concerned about multiple break-ins and robberies in that area has created a neighborhood watch group on Facebook to try to combat the growing problem.

Von Moye, who lived in Nashville for a number of years, is now back in his hometown of Shady Spring, where he graduated from high school in 1977.

He said he thought the crime rate was bad in Nash-ville until he returned home.

Moye is staying with his 77-year-old mother after his father passed away. His mother is a well-known retired educator who helped in building the Shady Spring library.

Two weeks ago, Moye said his mother started yelling for him in the middle of the night to come to her room because someone was trying to break in.

Someone had opened her window and was attempting to steal her jewelry box, Moye said.

He chased the man outside the house, but was unable to catch him. He said the man dropped a knife as he was leaving the property.

He called police, who brought in a bloodhound to search the area. The dog tracked all around his house, as well as neighboring properties.

Moye decided to share his frustration on Facebook about the attempted robbery.

A wave of comments followed his post, telling him about multiple break-ins in the Shady Spring, Daniels, Glade Springs, Beaver and Beckley areas.

“I decided to create a neighborhood watch group on Facebook. I started adding people from Shady, and now our group is at 152 members.”

One police officer and one magistrate are among the members of the group.

“We’re asking that if people witness a crime, first call 911, then post online.”

He suggests giving descriptions of suspicious cars, or descriptions of the suspects if possible.

People who would like to become a member of the group must add Von Moye or another member of the group on Facebook, as the group is currently private.

Moye said a community meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Ghent Fire Department to discuss neighborhood watch efforts.

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