FARMINGTON — Farmington police are starting a convenient email-based neighborhood watch program they hope will increase public participation.

On Thursday, police asked people to start reporting suspicious behavior using to two officers' emails addresses. Police officers Lili Monclova and Jason Thornburg, who are overseeing the email exchanges for different neighborhoods, are dividing participants into different neighborhoods and districts.

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said officers will share those crime tips and other information about criminal activity in certain neighborhoods with residents who are part of the neighborhood watch program.

"The communication is going to go both ways," she said.

Monclova said police will investigate the emailed tips and then send neighborhood-wide crime alerts to people who participate in the program.

Tips will be kept confidential, she said.

Allen said the goal of the program is to increase communication between police and the public with the goal of reducing crime.

Monclova said anyone, from home owners to apartment renters to people who live in mobile homes, can participate in the program.

"We've had neighborhood watch program for years, but attendance wavers because people can't take time off for meetings," Monclova said. "Email will (make it) easier for people to stay involved."

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.