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Updated: 02/28/2013 08:00:24AM

Don’t let yourself become a victim

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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Often I like to talk about issues that can help the police department reduce the crime rate in the City. It is important to all of us; after all a lower crime rate makes everyone feel better and more comfortable.

In Bartow, we are fortunate … our crime rate has been going down every year since 2009. But we find ourselves constantly battling one area that requires the community’s help: property crime.

Property crimes are described as burglary and theft. These particular crimes are best reduced by the community’s assistance through prevention. Just catching a bad guy, or gal is not going to reduce the numbers — once it has happened then it has just happened. The police are doing what we call reactive policing.

But you, the citizen can be proactive in this preventative policing method and help the police department be more productive. You know your neighbors, their habits, and those people that belong in your neighborhood. Report that suspicious activity to the police department so that we can help stop a crime rather than investigate the results. One of the highest rates we have in the City is car burglaries. Most burglaries are a result of an opportunity presenting itself to a criminal. Some burglars do take to force entry. Usually when that happens it is because there are valuable items that the burglar wants to take that are visible, say a purse.

Pay attention to the items you leave out in plain view when parking your car, shut your garage door, and let the police department know if you are going to be out of town so that we know no one should be at your house. Call Lyn Bryan if you would like security assessments done at your house or residence at 863-534-5034.

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