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Who Are We, and What Do We Do?

The Tussing Block Watch is a community working together to identify and minimize crime through awareness and prevention. Including and in addition to crime prevention and awareness we encourage community growth and betterment through:

  • Snow removal and bad weather check ins for elderly/disabled residents
  • Identifying and reporting animal abuse and/or neglect
  • Krav Maga self defense classes
  • CPR Training
  • Incident alerts for local crime, product safety recalls, extreme weather and lost or found pets
  • Welcome Packets for new residents
  • Our community garage sale followed by a mass donation to Volunteers of America
  • Halloween Safety packets including reflector strips for all kids and their costumes
  • Cans/Scrap Metal for the Block Watch fundraising
  • Community Clean Up of the Brice Rd/Gender Rd, Tussing Rd, Hines Rd and Independence Park
  • Community Clean Up of Vacant Houses
  • Providing members with safety items such as reflective tape and shoe tags for bicycles, Halloween Costumes and clothing, security alarm stickers for residents who are unable to afford security alarms, "Call 911" magnets, safety stickers, safety pencils, coloring books for kids and brochures
  • Missing Children Search Group
  • National Night Out

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How Did We Get Started?
No one really knew where to start and no one really had the time to start a block watch, so one day we contacted the Strategic Response Bureau. We started the PPW Block Watch with our first meeting November 1, 2007. Before the first meeting, we had walked our entire subdivision 4 times, knocking on doors, introducing the block watch to everyone and listening to their concerns. By February of 2008, we had grown to over 100 members, were established as an official block watch, and had established a form of communication through email. Because our block watch had such a strong involvement, in March of 2008 the community liaison officer for precinct 14, asked us to assist in getting Independence subdivision's block watch up and running. Because of the issues Independence was experiencing, residents were not in a position to take over and agreed to us permanently coordinating their block watch. As a result of gang activity, we changed our name to the Tussing Block Watch and in May of 2008 we added the second section of Park Place West and parts of Park Place (east of Hines). Due to our size and involvement in the community, in early 2008 we legally established the Tussing Block Watch with a vision to include the entire Tussing Rd and Brice Rd area. In September of 2008 we added the Turnberry subdivision and began actively including the local businesses. We have since teamed up with the Central Ohio Crime Stoppers and have been working side by side with the Columbus Pride Center and the Columbus Police Department in identifying and addressing issues in our area. We have identified over 120 suspects directly affecting our area and have aided the prosecutor's office with information that we have gathered on these suspects. In December 2008 we began partnering with block watches in surrounding subdivisions outside of the Tussing Block Watch coverage area, and since have assisted surrounding communities in establishing block watches in their areas. We recently added Brentwood Lake Apartments to the block watch bringing the total residential block watches in the Tussing Block Watch to six.

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How You Can Help!

Become A Member!

If you are interested in becoming a member of one of our residential block watches our business block watch, please fill out the information on our "How To Join" page.

If you would like to partner your block watch or community group with ours, please sent us an email at [email protected] 


Volunteer!

We owe a lot to our volunteers and we can never have too many so if you think you may be interested in volunteering with the TBW, look over the Tussing Block Watch Volunteer Guide. If you find something you would like to help with, please fill out a Volunteer Application and either email it to [email protected] or bring it with you to the next meeting!


Donate!

Donating to the Tussing Block Watch is a lot easier than it sounds! We know that we are in hard economic times, so asking people for donations is tough (and I just don't like to do it to begin with). So if you are not in a position to donate through a monetary means, we have no worries! We just want you to know that we value your membership and the time that each of our members donate to keeping our area safer.

If you decide that you would like to donate items, below is a list of some of the items we are finding a need for:

- A Reem of Paper (any color)

- A Case of Bottled Water

- Soda/Pop

- Napkins

- Cups

- We also have a new feature where you can donate to the block watch through PayPal. To make a donation through PayPal, please click on the "PayPal Buy Now" button to the bottom right. Funds collected through PayPal and/or from our donation jar at the meetings, is used for supplies and day to day operation.

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Through The Eyes of Our Community

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Through The Eyes of Our Community

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