By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Residents are invited to participate in a Crime Prevention Walk to be proactive and engaged in crime prevention.
The walk will teach residents about the Dearborn Heights Crime Prevention Program and provide them with information regarding crime prevention.
Residents are invited to join the next walk at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at Van Houten Park on Silvery Lane.
The walk will begin at the park and take participants on routes defined by streets for residents to walk and assess opportunities to improve their houses and neighborhoods.
A check list including trimming shrubs, lighting, and securing items in garages and vehicles will be provided.
As part of Crime Prevention Month, Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton has been working with Crime Prevention Officer Cpl. Mark Parrinello organizing neighborhood crime prevention walks throughout August.
“Neighbors join together and walk their neighborhoods, assessing and increasing crime prevention awareness,” Hicks-Clayton said. “Crime prevention tips, information on home and personal property security, reporting crime and services will be available.”
Hicks-Clayton began offering the walks in 1989 when she was a mayor for army post Fort Ord, Calif.
“We partnered with the command, law enforcement and military families to provide valuable resources, build a strong community and secure families from opportunities of crime,” she said.
Another Crime Prevention Walk is scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 19 at Heather Lane Park.
Residents interested in organizing and participating in crime prevention walks can call 313-348-9848 to schedule a neighborhood walk or to request more information.
“Our police cannot be everywhere at one time, but residents know their neighbors, vehicles and are the best at recognizing suspicious activities, people or vehicles,” Hicks-Clayton said. “On many occasions, home invasions are deterred by a phone call to our local police by an observant neighbor.”
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)