Eagle cops will keep residents aware of crime
Eagle, CO Colorado
EAGLE, Colorado ” There’s nothing like a neighborhood network for spreading the news.
That’s why the Eagle, Colorado Police Department is setting up an interactive, e-mail and phone call system to help community members protect their homes, cars and possessions.
Police Chief Rodger McLaughiln says he’s already gotten a strong response for a “Neighborhood Information Network” program from property owners in the Highlands neighborhood of Eagle Ranch.
The network will be customized to keep citizens of specific neighborhoods informed of recent crimes or other events. To participate, citizens simply provide police with their e-mail address or phone number.
The police will notify network members when a crime or event happens in their neighborhood. But the communication will work both ways. Citizens can call the police when they see something suspicious going on.
McLaughlin says the network communications would be particularly helpful in situations where, for example, there has been a series of car break-ins or vandals have been targeting specific neighborhoods.
“All the people who participate can be our eyes and ears,” says McLaughlin. “That’s mostly how we catch people. We can’t always have an officer in the right place at just the right time.”
The police anticipate that most of the communication will take place via e-mail. However, they will also make phone calls to people who don’t use e-mail.
“We can send out information or alerts the same day that something happens,” he notes.
The police said the program is sort of a simplified version of a neighborhood watch program. He says the more traditional watch programs tend to fail after a short amount of time because they require an organization that involves block captains and constant vigilance.
“You’re left with signs in yards and neighborhoods where nobody participates. This (network) is interactive,” he explains.
Kent Rose, of Eagle Ranch, said he thinks the program can work for the town. He said some construction sites in that subdivision have been targeted by thieves over the past year and a half.
“We all ought to be on the lookout for our property, and our neighbor’s properties,” he said.
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