Published: Aug 19, 2011 8:25 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 20, 2011 12:35 AM EDT

PUNTA GORDA ISLES, Fla.- It's not your "traditional" neighborhood watch program. A group of Punta Gorda Isles volunteers patrol the city's 50-plus miles of canals at night. They are making sure the city stays safe.

When it started two years ago, the Neighborhood Marine Watch had about a dozen volunteers. Today, it has grown into a group of 75. They act as a "watch and report" surveillance team without costing taxpayers a dime.

Bill Guenther started the Neighborhood Marine Watch program two years ago. He's one of many dedicated volunteers, giving up personal time in the middle of the night to patrol the canals.

For the Punta Gorda Police Department, the Marine Watch offers an extra set of eyes and ears to the community without cost to taxpayers.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, call Bill at (941) 661-9702.