Put police office downtown

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The idea of cameras to stop crime sounds good on the surface, while in reality all it does is direct and move the crime elsewhere. The problem has existed in numerous communities in the country.

Why try to re-invent the wheel? South Bend, Ind., has the answer.

Crime accelerated in its downtown, especially on Notre Dame football weekends, when 70,000 people visited primarily for the entire weekend. Visiting students, parents, alumni and fans flooded the downtown restaurants and imbibing locations. Also, the criminal element increased.

South Bend answered the challenge by the police department renting out an empty storefront and permanently locating an adjunct police office in the space. That was recommended by the president of the city council, who also was a member of the police force.

It worked. Crime stats dropped, and arrests were made so the criminals couldn’t act elsewhere.

Give it a try, Augusta. It works.

Theodore Foti

Evans

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/11/13 - 06:32 am
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I Like It

Why not try it? Put them in the show-case window of a deserted downtown store. That would be a deterrent.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/11/13 - 07:00 am
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I and a friend have been

I and a friend have been saying it for a while. Cameras get a nice film of the and possibly help you find the perp (got that off tv). It helps a bit more if you have a camera AND you have a station nearby where response time will be minimal.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 05/11/13 - 07:05 am
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Or a friend and I.

Or a friend and I. It's early and the coffee's not working very well.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 05/11/13 - 09:00 am
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Sometimes it works, sometimes

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. There was a substation in a local apartment complex a few years back that had had "sneakers over the wire" in front of it and blatant drug-trafficking for years. Complaints about the sneakers were called in (which is a sign of drug sales and gang activity), they would be taken down, just to go right back up again. A deputy actually lived in the complex, too. So the effectiveness of having a police station in an area depends on the police that are assigned to the area. The deputy that lived there was eventually relieved us his duties, to put it nicely, and I would have been very happy to see that happen a lot sooner, but thankful it finally happened.

deestafford
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deestafford 05/11/13 - 09:38 am
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Let's try it.

Granted the statistics may show there is not much of a crime problem in downtown Augusta; however, the perception is that there is and most times perception has more impact than does reality.

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 05/11/13 - 10:23 am
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Always throw tax money at the problem

I don't live in Augusta, but I have heard of cost-over-runs in the budget. Yes put these safety measures downtown and Riverwalk, BUT PAY FOR IT WITH REDUCTIONS SOMEWHERE ELSE !

gargoyle
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gargoyle 05/11/13 - 11:09 am
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Downtown and Augusta in

Downtown and Augusta in general has suffered for years from drive by policing. Not by the cop on the streets choice but as Department policy

KSL
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KSL 05/11/13 - 05:45 pm
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t3

The residents of S Augusta are already feeling the relocation of tax monies. Are you advocating further victimizing them for the sake of Broad and Renyolds?

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 05/11/13 - 08:35 pm
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"Grateful Mother's" chauffer

... could be re-assigned.

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