Neighborhood Watch

Given that we know U.S. mosques and jewish cemeteries are being targeted by vandals and arsonists, and these are in our communities, it seems like a pretty good time to start up a neighborhood watch, yeah? It doesn’t have to be anything formal.

If you’re a runner, you check google maps and adjust your jogging route to loop by a graveyard or community center, and you keep your eyes open.

If you’re a night owl, you develop a newfound interest in the Pokemon Go craze and keep checking in at a conveniently-located gym at odd hours with your cameraphone that has the number for the local police station on quick dial.

If you’re a commuter, you take the scenic drive some days.

Hopefully, you never see anything. But maybe you ID or deter somebody. I’m of the school of thought that it’s better to talk yourself into being maybe helpful than to decide you’re helpless. Maybe this helps. It’s such a small adjustment.