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Bell Atlantic Mobile Arms Neighborhood Watch Groups With Cellular Phones
October 2, 1997
Pam Sweeney Boyd
DOVER, DE -- Armed with cellular phones, two neighborhood watch
groups in Dover have a new tool in fighting crime due to a donation by
Bell Atlantic Mobile. The phones will play a vital role in the
activities of both watch groups by providing direct communication with
the police, making it possible to alert officers of suspicious
criminal activity immediately.
"These phones will enable us to alert officers fast and efficiently in
case of an emergency," said David Dickey, a spokesman for the Capitol
Park Community Watch, a crime watch group consisting of 45 people.
Kelly Dare, spokesman for the Canterbury Neighborhood Watch Group,
accepted a cellular phone on behalf of his 12-member group. "We're so
grateful for this donation. It's comforting to know that our
neighborhood will now be safer."
The donation is part of Bell Atlantic Mobile's "Wireless at Work"
initiative which makes cellular phone donations to charitable
organizations. According to Stephen Giffen, manager of Bell Atlantic
Mobile's Dover communications store, "reaching out to the community
and playing an active role in promoting safety is very important to
us. We're happy to make a difference and to make it easier for the
watch groups to do their jobs."
Bell Atlantic Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on the
East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The company
owns and operates the most extensive network in the East, covering
111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless retail outlets
offering a full range of wireless personal communications service,
including voice, data and paging. Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell
Atlantic Mobile has 5 million customers and 7,000 employees in the
Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and, through a separate
subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company is the chief wireless
subsidiary of the new Bell Atlantic, formed through the merger of Bell
Atlantic and NYNEX corporations.