We're entering the time of year when there's a spike in water use because of the heat, landscape maintenance and longer days. With our persistent drought I hope that we all are being more conscious about our water use.
According to a report published by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends, http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5028) we're also entering the time of year when home burglaries, along with other crimes like theft and aggravated assault also spike. In both instances—water use and crime prevention—there are things that we can do to reduce both.
The High Desert Association of REALTORS® (HDAOR), with assistance from the Crime Prevention staff at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's, launched a year-long initiative earlier this year to provide information and resources on how to start and maintain a Neighborhood Watch group.
Since the passage of Proposition 47 by California voters last November, many crimes that were formerly considered felonies have been reduced to misdemeanors—with offenders facing little, if any, jail time if caught. We believe this may serve as a disincentive for criminals to obey the law.
Crime PREVENTION is the best way to help keep our homes and our neighborhoods safe. One of the most effective crime prevention tools is Neighborhood Watch. It is simply an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood.
The HDAOR is hosting a free, public meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. at our office at 11890 Hesperia Road in Hesperia and we invite you to come and receive information and resources to start and maintain a healthy Neighborhood Watch program.
We're not trying to form vigilante groups, we're simply hoping to bring back the notion of neighbors helping neighbors, and our Realtors® are committed to make our neighborhoods safer and close knit.
Reservations are not required but suggested. Please call the HDAOR office at (760) 244-8841 to register or for more information. Let's work together, residents throughout the High Desert and Realtors®, to create safer neighborhoods.
Rebecca Otwell, President
High Desert Association of REALTORS®
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