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Crime Safety Month

Oct 19, 2008|

Angie Hedrick with the Salem Police Department talks about local crime and provides tips on how people can prevent themselves from becoming a victim.

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You're listening to metrics -- a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host -- -- winter in October marks crime prevention month. And -- today on the dress up in and G Hendrick with the Salem police department. And she's here with some tips on how you could prevent crime in your neighborhood we want to thank you so much for joining us today -- Thank you for the -- What is the history behind crime prevention not. -- regiment was established. That's in the early eighties as a way to which. Say today and nation actually and that. Her name can be diminished in -- even kept at -- if there's a partnership between law enforcement and their community. Can make those efforts half and it really is the more then just have means a law enforcement response to a crime either that has occurred or is in progress. And so it's about what can we do together. And have we seen crimes dropped since they've come up with crime prevention month than any in any issues like -- I think at crime had not church commemorating the -- is what it's contributing to this decreasing crime I think it's and that. Underlying principle that it's the partnership what can the police and the community get together to do attacks. Back in I think it -- June the FBI released their annual report on. Be -- inclined. And for the northwest. And we were very fortunate tests show. That crime overall. Very. Person persons crimes and then there are property crimes and overall they are down for rat. And not just in our community here in Salem but for the northwest. Fortunately there are certain crimes that that's. Try as we might we -- Can only keep them that they we don't have you know get that far in keeping it added zero level but one of them for example. Is our auto theft. We have. Lots of different types of programs. That we try to do to engage the community help. Keep auto theft stayed out. But you know law enforcement can't be asleep at the wheel we've got to try other techniques such as using that technology a bait cards. To also implement so that we're making a bigger tent in the amount of auto -- that her what are the curse. Cars are actually special vehicle. -- that. The -- video surveillance and audio. And eight GPS system. So we put them in different parts of the -- which are experiencing clusters or. High amounts are incidents. Auto theft. And if the person is -- -- -- to steal the vehicle. There is a certain activation that occurred in our dispatch center that alert patrol that the vehicle it's been stolen. And allowed them to triangulate in on the person and detection. He talked a little bit about how the FBI released some stats that show crime for the most part is down here in the northwest. Anything that there attributing to that success. Well how are met I think our chief of police steering more probably put it back in that we have an age. Officers here and in our agency. That are trained. Very well through our department of public safety standards and training our agency that is that the state level but also we have -- Specific academy here in house. That we train our officers so they are up on the latest tactics techniques. And things that they can employ wall there either out of control or investigating crimes. Good one component that it. The other component is that we try to have a very strong relationship. With our community so we are engaging in them on the things that they can do to prevent crime the right word count which is you know on the block level. If you've got their relationship with your police officers people are more likely to come forward and say hey I saw this -- -- the other thing aren't being you know you might wanna look in -- debt that's correct. Well. It's my dad and my practice some believe I know that's the more than that the community understands. The police agency. We are still much. Better off because there is an understanding of the lot that affects them. But services in the resource that we offer. They get and know what our policies are what our procedures. But most importantly. They also do that whole evolution learn what are limitations are and learn how it is that we can work together to get beyond us. Because what agents -- away at that company doesn't have its own limitations. -- there it's budget over staffing shortages. If we have that communication with our community. Then we can -- -- -- support one another. -- -- in a metro scope or speaking with -- -- with Salem police department and issues here are some tips on how we can prevent crime in our neighborhoods now that. October is crime prevention month. Now Angie talked a little bit about auto theft what are the most common crimes that we see here in the northwest. Come help the most common are property -- failure appointees C staff to just theft in general. Whether it from your front porch. The -- you left out on the lawn or actually theft from vehicle. Those types of property crimes but we are also seen is an increase. In that these types. -- -- -- strive -- cases that involve identity theft. And so. Before. I would say people are kind of used to. Burglars either coming in through you know break even through a window or door. But now we've got to worry whether -- gonna come to the telephone and you know trying to. Scam that's for example by race saying that there are particular credit card company. Or saying that. They are one of our credit card than they do need to confirm some information. So they can come and do our doors and windows -- come into the telephone and now they can come into our computers. So there's just so many different ways that property crime effects press. That's sometimes I think. It can be a little overwhelming but again we have that communication with the community we're telling them. What is going on I think it's. That's how we're gonna keep that crime at a very low level. You talk about property crimes do we see rising crime during the fall and we incher because -- -- grab that I would imagine may be criminals. -- Powell earlier in the evening. It's it's really subjective weekend as the -- be Kris. And that it just because like you're -- we don't like being out the cold wet weather of the northwest I'm criminals are pretty much the same way. So we do you usually see a decrease from the incidents. Those kinds. You the opportunity crimes that the -- property crimes. And we see a decrease in things like -- -- Because offensive or what. In the opportunity to do it just isn't there. What about the gang crimes of those rising here in the northwest. I think we're pretty steady I think not for -- anyway. We had very -- bass says. -- activity in the ninety's. Which diminish when there -- some larger arrests. Eight games are very much about a typical so as. -- or older adults kind of get out of that. Environments then there's always new and younger. -- that get involved and so -- is more of an ongoing kind of static. And they start pretty young these days don't -- They do I am familiar with some of our local judges that are no longer just made at the age. Juvenile offenders may be related with. Yeah border. Gay activity. -- 101112. Years old. That's sad. So. Not one of the things that's probably the best. Way too. Oh boy here used term -- involved then at the criminal activity is really being involved with them. They don't necessarily have to be a failing -- to get involved with the kids to help prevent this kind of crime from happening right. -- -- -- BM -- to school district which is the one that serve the appearance of Salem area. Have a great and it afterschool program at all of the middle school which is the age that we consider are used to be at risk. And we have some wonderful. Supervised. Classes. And field trips and all these kinds of opportunities to keep the children. Busy engaged and connected to their school. Under and nice supervised environment. Where they feel. That. They're being involved there and in with their friends and it isn't. A situation in which. They may be -- -- -- at home waiting for mom and dad come home because -- be workable later. It's like the old adage she takes a village. It's certainly daddy and so again it is. If we're not working -- -- on it and I don't think we can truly have an impact and so collectively we're making a difference so the school district and there are efforts. And certainly one piece. And there are many faith based organizations that have taken to. Offer arraignment. They're fights past afterschool program and -- then the with the work. The police department if that collective effort that's gonna make a big difference -- community's overall. -- take a village -- to help prevent crime in neighborhoods as well what else can individuals do to prevent crime in neighborhoods. Current number one -- Jack stand for that he is our neighborhood watch program. -- watch for those of you who may have sort of I distant memory. The local -- the burglar which was created again back in the early eighties. And the intention of neighborhood watch really is still bringing neighbors together with a common goal. Have been. -- -- Free of crime. And so what we hear the police department do we have to crime prevention officers that go out into the community and meet with neighbors. Who have decided that on my block which is not gonna tolerated and working with that crime prevention officers they learn all of that. They that they can do personally. But also to their homes. So that on the block collectively they're all practicing the same techniques. To prevent apple any future crime or. To do good things that that are simple enough bad. Like Q with Obama's so for example if everyone on the block turn on their porch light from the -- until dawn. You're going to complement these light posts that. Provide lighting on your street and you're gonna make -- block brighter. And so you're decrease -- the opportunity for crime occur because criminals wanted dark they don't want to be seen they want and very low risk of being cut. So we try to teach neighbors -- neighborhood watch how to create that environments so that. They are doing the best they can learn to make themselves -- secure. Whereas some other things that neighbors can do. Well let's see issues met with respect to our we have programs at -- the police department called security surveys. And what it is a free program and but what we do is weak and specifically trained folks. Out to the property whether it's your home war in May be have a -- out on your property somewhere. That we eat and that's the property for vulnerabilities. For weaknesses being -- are going to. Make your property more attractive as. For crime so for example. -- -- That's just he -- a lot of people I'm glad to decorate with shrubbery. But how do you decorate with charred debris so that it's. It's smart it creates a sense -- this is my property but yet I can still see you if you come onto it. And my -- can see you if you're on my property so you know when you think about chart. We gotta be able to -- the yours for have to be able to exceed speed and then call. So -- try to teach neighbors all of those simple things they can do it either by design so light -- locks stored. Windows things like that. But also felt so that you and send a message that. This city or area. Said there -- different things that. Our officers are trained. Tap on these techniques but also trained to be able to teach residence as well. And then just you know common courtesy let you're neighbors -- going to be taking off to the weekend after vacation if you see anything strange. -- and I'm not there. Yeah and that's the script and they wouldn't want to put the framework on -- so. If you think about when -- can't -- front -- -- -- last -- you're right and across the street. Think about we need to take that turning need to ride on -- your street those housing that you really see. And -- best can now went from being is out of place or some Warren is out of place. Then you who live there. So neighborhood watch helps you bring all of you together. At the same time educates what all of you can view. To keep crime -- your block. You're listening a mattress scope and we are speaking with Angie -- with Salem police department we're talking about October being crime prevention month how can you prevent crime. Now this is also a national cyber security awareness month and -- is this a growing crime. You talked a little bit about how criminals can come into your phone another coming into your computers. It must be growing. Idiot and we and then the public sometime we're not as happy as we'd like to think that we are. And all national cyber security alliance has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security. And they need this special study that showed. There's still a significant number of people. Who don't use Internet security -- things like firewall. Or antivirus. Or anti spyware software. -- for example. They've got to people that big pool of 81% of them said that they use a firewall on their computer. But in actuality. When they actually looked at -- and the computer of the person. Really only 42% had a firewall install them so often we may think we're really pretty savvy about the things that we need to deal. I think sometimes you become a little complacent and assume that that's software may be already installed or we don't check to see if they have the latest updates. Did one software installed an attempt on another for example there are some anti spyware. Black would actually turn off your your firewall bill although and that's -- the growing crime because there are. For me -- I -- that -- someone that's a wave -- smarter about computer and I am Lil. We really do have to make an extra effort to. Be aware of that. So bush in addition to my computer to computer places say do I have the appropriate spyware software in order to. -- off cyber criminals or -- to spend that extra money here is her way to can check on it ourselves what can we do. Times that perhaps that's probably the best solution if you are not computer savvy enough I know that. I know what to look for on line so it's it's a little more it eat easier for me of that one simple technique that people. Aren't aware ask is when we pull -- -- to be Internet protection solutions -- It's paid game and hit them and do my bill's gonna do my bills online. So I've spent my time I've pretty and passwords to get onto my credit card companies. I have put my account number. And maybe -- my Catherine I have to reset it plastic insert my Social Security number. All of those are different keystrokes their information and that I Levy now there. Yes I know that mare. Thanks for example it has to secure network and thankfully they have the latest in encryption. But that does that mean that I'm just gonna get lackadaisical about it when I'm done with my entire session I'm gonna go to my. Internet that means and I'm gonna make sure that all of the passwords are deleted that I wipe that slate clean. And there's a particular product and actually there's various that you can do that. Cleaned all of that out. Andy you can actually he -- so that it takes several passes. So that it not just is. The heart try to. So. For example you're gonna -- your computer. You don't want anyone being able to put -- software on there that will be able to read stuff that you delete. You wanna make sure that it's really -- so that one little technique. For example going into your Internet settings which is. Calendar tool if you're familiar we have. Let's see -- Internet Explorer discuss the tools and then Internet options. And delete your cookies and delete your file. And never be temporary files. And and it will delete everything you visited it will delete any passwords that you insert it. All that and that's really and really helpful. It's also helpful to do that if you are -- an Internet cafe and -- you know worked on your session. You don't know who's gonna come along behind you and get curious as to what type that you've been this city. That's the advantage of spyware and anti spyware and while it's it's the advantage the criminal action thanks so we need to delete all those things. So you do that after every single session with your bank core whatever. Yes I personally I'm. I have healthy level of paranoia -- I saw it after every benefit. -- our kids same. Kids and computers king. Get a little scary I mean you hear about you know abduction and is an adults meeting young girls are buyers of purse is just it's really really scary. What can you do to make sure your kids are safe while using a computer. Same saying that where does weird. When you ask me about game. Dole. And that means you've got to know your kids are talking to online a real popular. Saying among this particular generation. Is it's a very social generation into things like MySpace or FaceBook putting their life on the Internet. In there see that's the fat it is just comment so you really do have. It gives me you really -- -- -- -- Have that relationship with your child or -- establishment say. Don't add passwords to your. You wanna know what they're saying you wanna know what they're taught who they're talking to you that you also have to have that healthy discussion and so. The discussion and that and fortunately we have. Predators online that -- say they're sixteen year old girl. When in reality they're not to. And so and Vonage you're very communicative about what you expect of your child. And you're involved in what they're dealing. That's that is being number one way two. Make sure that they're not going to be strain into some very vulnerable situation. In you this is also domestic violence awareness month this is kind of a silent crime isn't it. India had come to -- an eight marks the 21 gear actually. But the -- mean. Be important to educate teens and prevent teens. They're violent that can occur between two people. Bad let's not forget that that violence and that trauma. All so they have a very we're very real effect an excuse me I'm children and the family. And so. By eight commemorating netcam we aren't taking it out of a situation in which. At least if reference citizen violent crime. It really is. In taxable not just the law enforcement. Or not -- for the victims at this time these services that are out there. But it's been packed -- -- community over all because. Whenever anyone is the victim of crime it affects the. Is domestic violence on the rise. I'm not I wouldn't I don't have speed trend numbers for you here in front of that. -- -- -- -- can't tell you that. Here in our area our response is. Our -- activation of our team are low so that's a good sign. But we have a team that's called our domestic -- response team which is two part. In fact. Obviously -- a call comes in and our patrol officers. Are sent out and they're specially trained to be able to -- -- desperate situation. And baby then. Are trained enough to know whether or not it's actually. Necessary to employed the second part of that team which is our tactic -- We have eighty. A good -- A good number have people who are involved in this poll which. They -- teenagers and they take turns. Going out to. The incidents. And health payment that evict them through the entire process. Because. If you can imagine it's dramatic and -- to be involved in this situation and that. In which you're you're with a loved one and it's escalated to a point of violence. So then actually see is perhaps the trauma of the arrest or. Having all of those what -- -- linger. Will be -- stay in jail will they be released what am I gonna do now. Am do I need to leave the health and -- we had specially trained at a typical not an assist that person. Through that. You know first portion but then follow up later so it's like the next stage do you need assistance. To believed the situation and cannot -- resource is and the community. In -- quickly you've been a wealth of information today. Give us your website as their place -- people can go for more information. Absolutely we're at WWW. Fiftieth Salem dot net. And if you look. Yeah a firm belief. And that's and he had written with the Salem police department and we even talking about crime prevention month and now you can take steps to prevent yourself -- from becoming a victim of crime and that's mattress company Entercom communications public affairs program. I'm your host -- in winter if you have a public affairs or nonprofit event that you'd like to let others know about. Email me at. @entercom.com. Or go to this station's website click on the community page and submit your event. You've been listening to match fresco.