Millions took part in Make A Difference Day across the nation and right here in Zanesville.
City and county officials gathered on the courthouse steps before spreading out into the community to recruit for the Crime Stoppers program.
"The crime stoppers are doing a great job. They are constantly working, they have covered the first, second and third wards, they have the fourth, fifth and sixth to go and in a few months this whole thing will be up and running and Zanesville will be a better place because of it, and it is Community Awareness Day, so it fits right into the whole scheme of things," says Mayor Howard Zwelling.
The Crime Stoppers set up two locations, at the Y-Bridge and Adornettos on Maple, where a person could pull in, get information, sign up and continue on their way. City Council members, the Safety Director and Sheriff Lutz say Crime Stoppers is a simple way to make a big difference in your community.
"So simple things like a citizen going to the store and coming back if they see a suspicious vehicle that is where Crime Stoppers kicks in because if they have the training on what they are supposed to do they come in write the license plate number down, call the Sherrif’s office or call their appropriate people that they call, that stuff gets forwarded on to us and we can do stuff with that and it is a very beneficial thing to have," says Sheriff Matt Lutz.
So far, there are more than 250 Crime Stopper households within Zanesville. Council members say they are trying to recruit residents in high crime areas.
Getting involved with crime stoppers is simple. For more information call (740) 455-3289.