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LETTER: Neighborhood Watch Programs are effective for crime prevention

Posted: Friday, September 22, 2017 7:35 pm
A Flume article earlier this month noted that a rash of break-ins in the Guffey area had residents concerned. Guffey already has a network of individuals that are operating similar to a neighborhood watch.The neighborhood watch programs are some of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make our communities safer. This proven strategy can be used throughout all areas of Park County to reduce crime.

In Park County subdivisions, communities and neighborhoods are usually governed by a Home Owner Associations.
Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to decide upon program strategies and activities. HOAs usually have an infrastructure in place to communicate with their residents.
Law enforcement should be working with our HOAs to provide effective crime prevention programs which can be communicated through the HOAs to their members.
Law enforcement can provide neighborhood watch signs that convey to a potential burglar this community is actively participating in Neighborhood Watch Programs.
Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, conduct victimization surveys, to get a good picture of what is actually occurring in your neighborhood. Ask people who seldom leave their homes to be window watchers, looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood.
Recording serial numbers and taking photos of valuables is useful when items have been stolen. Investing in a good quality firearms safe better prevents theft of these items. Secure your firearms and valuables in your safe.
When you leave, vacation checks are good. Lighting timers are a good idea, too. In out-lying areas, sometimes having a friend or neighbor check on your property is more realistic.
Research has shown that adding a few neighbors to the neighborhood watch can significantly increase it’s effectiveness in deterring crime. Working together we can make a difference.
Monte Gore

Monte Gore for Sheriff
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