Talk about proactive law enforcement. “The Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville Florida area will help residents “burglar proof” their homes, offers a vacation house watch program and will make presentations on a variety of crime prevention topics. The Sheriff’s Office Community Relations Section will send a deputy sheriff to your home at a specified date and time to conduct a burglary prevention survey. These deputies have been specially trained to assist residents in making their homes much safer places to live, according to the release.”
Now that’s exactly what every municipality on the planet should require of their law enforcement. Many do, but with budget cuts etc, programs like this often suffer.
Check this out; they have a “House Watch” program. A deputy will check your home daily when you are out of town or on vacation. That’s a first! I’ve never seen an official declaration of the local law offering it up in this way.
They also give presentations on the following topics:
Starting a neighborhood watch program.
Reporting a crime: My guess is what to look out for and how to document it.
Computer Safety: Certainly how to keep kids safe.
Computer Crimes: This is probably preventing viruses, hackers etc.
Robbery Prevention: When thugs use guns at convenient stores, gas stations etc.
Burglary Prevention: Home safety tips, Home security alarms etc.
Auto / Vessel Theft Prevention / Boating Safety
Child Safety / Stranger Danger Presentation
Bicycle Safety / Rodeo
Residential Crime Survey
Commercial Crime Survey
This just warms the cockles of my heart. If I was you I’d print this out and take it directly to your local police and ask them what they are doing that might meet or beat the offering in Clay County. This is a fantastic way to foster safety and security in any city or town.