A Community Crime Prevention meeting was held last night at the Arcadia Public Library who offered use of their auditorium for the event. About 40 community members attended the meeting during which they were offered suggestions on crime prevention tips that centered on the theme of "Don't Be a Victim!" Sergeant Brian Ortiz emphasized the point of not hesitating to call the police when something appears suspicious, wrong, or out of place. "It's our job...if your instincts tell you that something is wrong, it probably is. Call us."
Chief Sanderson offered thoughts and information on the pending release of thousands of prisoners in the State over the next few years. Undoubtedly, with the influx of early release prisoners into Los Angeles County, there will be an impact on public safety.
Many in the audience took the opportunity to interact with Chief Sanderson and Sgt. Ortiz, offering up general crime prevention questions as well as specific inquiries about programs such as "crime mapping", crime tip sources, bi-lingual personnel, and more. Reporter Brian Day, SGVN, attended the meeting and wrote a nice summary article for the Pasadena Star-News.
Thank you to all the community members that attended the meeting! Your participation and interest in our community truly do contribute to "making a difference" in APD's crime prevention efforts.