EDITORIAL: Police stand ready to help prevent crime
Feb 21, 2013 (St. Joseph News-Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
As much as police want to catch every criminal, they want to stop crimes from happening even more.
This is the mission of the Crime Prevention Unit within the St. Joseph Police Department. We commend the unit's varied services to the tax-paying public. We think almost anyone can find something here that is useful in their own lives.
The menu of options includes a range of free services that are available to individual homeowners, apartment residents, neighborhood groups and business owners:
-- Watch Residence / Business Service -- Property owners can ask for police officers in their district to periodically check on their home or business. This service is designed to provide additional security for residents who expect to be out of the city for an extended time for vacation, business or other needs.
Information provided by the resident will tell police what to expect in the terms of activity around the property, automatic lights etc. The resident also is asked to provide contact information and an expected date of return. For more information, call 271-4777.
Training on Safety Topics -- The prevention unit can provide a wide range of presentations and training sessions to individuals and groups. Among the topics that can be covered in your home or place of business: personal safety, armed robbery prevention, business theft prevention, safety for senior citizens, identity theft and computer crimes.
--Neighborhood Watch -- Officers are prepared to assist anyone wanting to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, in which residents work in partnership with police and one another to share information, reduce crime and improve their neighborhoods. A map available on the police website shows where more than two dozen groups already have been formed in the city.
--Residential / Security Surveys -- Officers will make a visual inspection of your property and suggest obvious improvements -- better locks, lighting upgrades, landscaping and so on -- that can make your home or business safer. They also have a number of informative materials to provide on home security, safety for joggers and walkers, and for identifying characteristics of someone at risk of committing domestic violence.
Crime trends paint an overall picture; it becomes personal when it's your family, your property and your neighborhood that are at risk. These free police services can help lessen the threats. For more information, call 271-4882 or 236-1473 or visit the police web site at stjoepd.info.
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