Steve Parker: Hi! I am Sergeant Steve Parker, a recently retired sergeant for the Des Moines County Sheriff's office and I portray McGruff the Crime Dog for nearly 30 years.
Today, I would like to talk about working with law enforcement, how you can keep your neighborhood safe. No matter where you live community safety is continuous and collective effort from the entire neighborhood and it requires that people watch out and help out each other. That means reporting crime when you see it, not just assuming someone else will call the police, but take time to get to know your neighbors, so you can keep an eye out for one-another's property.
Burglaries and property crimes are on the rise in some parts of the country. But strong neighborhood-ties is one way to reduce crime. We all must watch out and help out.
When people get involved with law enforcement, crime goes down. Informed, engaged citizens working with law enforcement are essential to safer and more vibrant communities.
There are lots of ways to make your community safer. Consider starting a neighborhood watch program with your friends and neighbors and if there are vacant houses in your neighborhood, encourage your community associations to work with local police to patrol nearby.
You might plan and register Celebrate Safe Communities event, which can be anything from a safety fare to a neighborhood cleanup to public safety demonstrations.
Law enforcement needs you as much as you need us. We need your help in our ongoing mission to build safer communities because as we say at NCPC, crime prevention is everyone's business.