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Police Community Relations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Police Headquarters, Training Rooms A & B
500 South Greene Street
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TOPIC: Greenville Halloween Plan presented by Lt. Richard Tyndall


PCRC Minutes: Police Community Relations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Police Headquarters, Training Rooms A & B
500 South Greene Street
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TOPIC: Public Information/Media Relations/Social Media Efforts, Kristen Hunter, Police Informaton Officer


PCRC Minutes: September 10, 2014


Chairperson Shawan Sutton called the Police Community Relations Committee meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. at the Police Headquarters (training rooms A&B), 500 South Greene Street, Greenville, NC 27834.
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton asked for a motion for approval of the September 10, 2014 agenda.
 
Motion:           Mr. Richard Crisp
Second:         Ms. Belinda Perkinson
 
The agenda was unanimously approved by the committee.
 
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton asked for a motion for approval of the June 11, 2014 minutes.
 
Motion:           Mr. Richard Crisp
Second:         Ms. Belinda Perkinson
 
The minutes were unanimously approved by the committee.
 

INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton asked each member to introduce themselves and let everyone know which district they represented.
 
mission of committee and purpose of meeting:
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton stated that the purpose of the Committee was:
 
To serve as a liaison between the community and the police;
To serve as an advocate for programs, ideas, and methods to improve relations between the community and the police;
To disseminate information to the community and the City with regard to the state of relations between the community and the Greenville Police Department;
To assist and promote the community education efforts concerning safety awareness and community and individual awareness.     

COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:
Shawan Sutton; Chairperson, District 1
Richard Crisp;  District 4
 Lennard Naipaul; District 2
Aaron Lucier; District 5
Belinda Perkinson; District 3
Diane Kulik; At-Large
 
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:
Brian Paiz; Mayoral
 
CITY STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:    
Assistant City Attorney, Bill Little; Sgt. Dale Mills, Platoon C; Sylvia Horne, Administration Services Support Specialist; Kristen Hunter, Public Information Officer.
 
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: 
None
 
OTHERS:
Two intern students from the Lucille Gorham Inter-Generational Center – invited by Ms. Sutton.
 
NEW BUSINESS – Public Information/Media Relations/Social Media Efforts – Kristen Hunter, (PIO) Public Information Officer, Greenville Police Department
 
Public Affairs/Media Relations
 
A presentation by: Kristen Hunter, Public Information Officer
 
Kristen began her presentation by telling the committee how she got started
 
About Kristen
 
Kristen use to be a reporter and anchor for Channel 9 News
She worked behind the scenes at a TV station in Baltimore,  MD as a producer
She is an ECU graduate
Baltimore, Maryland is her home
Always had an interest in Law Enforcement
 
Kristen briefly stated the mission statement of a Public Information Officer.She stated that transparency is huge within the agency, any time the PIO can get a story out first before the media catches on to it.
 
MISSION STATEMENT
 
The Office of Public Information is the main point of contact for the Greenville Police Department with the news media. Our mission is to ensure that the public is informed with current and accurate information about the Greenville Police Department's activities, strategies and policies. We maintain the belief that transparency is key to building positive relationships with the community and our media partners. We work to provide maximum disclosure by following all applicable laws and regulations, so as not to jeopardize investigations or violate the rights of individuals.
 
Kristen explained to the committee some of her job responsibilities as a PIO.
 
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Telling GPD’s story through traditional and social media
Respond to media/public records requests
Facilitate on-camera and phone interviews for local and national media
Write press releases
Maintain department’s social media pages
Respond to crime scenes/critical incidents
Assist outside agencies with public relations strategies
On-call 24/7
 
Kristen discussed- How do media releases end up on the news?
 
Through Scanner Traffic  - in the news room
Reports
Press Releases
Enterprise stories
WRAL Body Camera Story
 
Kristen stated that SOCIAL MEDIA & LAW ENFORCEMENT has become a huge trend within Law Enforcement.Everybody from really small agencies to large agencies are utilizing it now.It does the following things:
 
SOCIAL MEDIA & LAW ENFORCEMENT
 
Improves community relations by giving unprecedented access
Allows us to tell OUR story
An opportunity for us to showcase the positives
A crime fighting tool
(Alert to crime trends, solve cases)
GPD Facebook
GPD Twitter – you can type only up to 140 characters
 
Other Ways We Tell Our Story

The committee members were shown a “short portion” of the GPD Recruiting Video.The video is not completely finished and has not been release. It will be used as a recruitment tool, but also as an informational tool to put on the social media pages and the GPD web site.The video was paid for by seized assets.
 
Kristen shared her contact information to the committee members, so if they had any questions later.They could contact her at a later date.
 
Kristen Hunter, Public Information Officer
Desk: (252) 329-4372
Cell: (252) 916-2096
Email: khunter@greenvillenc.gov
 
Public Expression and Questions
 
The PCRC committee members asked several questions and made several comments.
They expressed their concerns especially on car break-ins in different neighborhoods.
Ms. Kulik suggested adding portal signs throughout the city to remind the citizens.
Mention was made of the clean-up at an accident- who is responsible, wrecker, tow truck driver, fire department, and public works.
 
Sgt. Mills gave the following updates:
Looking at possibly changing the PCRC meeting to (Tuesday & Thursday) nights, the time and location of the PCRC meetings
Advertising the meeting more through social media outlets and Daily Reflector
Announced Ms. Kulik returning to the PCRC committee to fill an un-expired term
Excited about bring new topics to PCRC
Mentioned the concern of moving the PCRC meetings back out into the community and districts
Made a challenge to the committee members to become more involved and to get the people in their district involved as well so that PCRC can become alive again

 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. 
 
The next meeting is on October 8, 2014. Meeting place is to be announced.  
 
ADJOURN – 7:35 p.m.
 
Respectfully submitted,
            
Sylvia Horne
Administration Bureau Secretary
Greenville Police Department 
Document (#988561 v 1)

PCRC Minutes: June 11, 2014

Sgt. Dale Mills introduced himself to the committee members and others that attended the PCRC meeting. He stated that he was excited about the topic that Sgt. Joe Friday was going to present.  He reminded the committee that PCRC will not meet in July and August, but in September Kristen Hunter, Public Information Officer (PIO) will talk about Social Media.  Lastly Sgt. Mills asked the committee and the citizens to spread the word in their districts regarding the PCRC meetings.
Chief Aden thanked everyone for coming to the PCRC meeting.  He stated that Focused Deterrence is the theory behind the police actions and what the police department is going to do.  David Kennedy, who is a world famous criminologist, started the concept.  The concept has been used all over the United States at varying levels of success for 20 years.  Chief Aden stated that High Point has been using the program successfully for 17 years; they dropped their violent crime by 63 percent. Chief Aden stated that he was sold on the program, but the biggest piece that concerns him in turns of the failure of the initiative is the assistance that the police department can continuously give once someone makes the decision to stop offending.   Chief Aden stated that Sgt. Friday was going to go through the nuts and bolts of the program.
 
Sgt. Friday stated that he attended a briefing in December about Focused Deterrence. He stated that he had never heard of the program, but became interested and wanted to become involved with the program, so he sent Chief Aden an email of interest to become involved with the program. Sgt. Friday stated that he works with Ms. Culver and the detectives.  Sgt. Friday stated that Greenville Regional Offender Watch is what the police department is calling their approach and the term is being used because of the mobility of the offenders. The offenders just don’t live and work and commit crimes here in Greenville, but they may stay in Ayden, Winterville or Bethel and come to Greenville.  The closest agencies to us using the program are Goldsboro and Rocky Mount.
 
Sgt. Friday began his presentation by asking the question:
 
What is Focused Deterrence?  He stated that it is an;

Enforcement strategy that uses criminal and arrest records to identify and select a community’s most dangerous threats and chronic offenders, and then directly confront them about their crime
Applies limited LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) resources to specific targets
A partnership approach that is highly visible, upfront and transparent
-involves your civilian community
-LEO (Law Enforcement Officer) partnerships are critical
Proven and effective at preventing and reducing crime
-High Point PD has been using this model for 17 years
-Boston Ceasefire since early 1990s
 
Sgt. Friday stated that Focused Deterrence is not:
  • Focused deterrence is NOT a government program
  • Focused deterrence is NOT a grant
  • Focused deterrence is NOT a warm & fuzzy project
  • Focused deterrence is NOT a short-term enforcement campaign
  • Focused deterrence is NOT a deal or truce with gangs
 
Sgt. Friday gave the definition of FOCUS & DETERRENCE.  He stated that
 
FOCUS: a point at which rays of light, heat, or sound converge; a center of activity,
attraction, or attention; a point of concentration
 
DETERRENCE: The act of making someone decide not to do something; preventing a
particular act or behavior from happening; the process of deterring; the inhibition of
criminal behavior by fear, especially of punishment
 
Sgt. Joe Friday stated that the Greenville/Regional Offender Watch is:
 
References the transient nature of offenders and the abilities of
law enforcement to communicate across jurisdictions and track them. Title is
not “heavy-handed” or “enforcement only” approach and is sensitive to
public concerns.
 
Sgt. Joe Friday reviewed how Focused Deterrence works
 
LEO (Law Enforcement Officer)   and community identify small number of repeat offenders based on their past behavior, documented by criminal records.
Identified groups and individuals receive focused attention
Offenders are notified with direct communication ( Call-In)
Community’s moral voice message
- Resources for help
-Violence must stop
- Personal message from a victim respected by offender group
LEO (Law Enforcement Officer)  message
-Your actions will have consequences
-All LEOs (Law Enforcement Officer)   are watching you and you cannot hide
-We are sharing information about you
-You are responsible for your choices
Notification removes offender’s anonymity
Offenders take away knowledge of their presumptive prison sentence for reoffending
 
Sgt. Joe Friday reviewed How Does Focused Deterrence Work?  There is a
Strict follow up by LEO after the call in
Intense focus and enforcement against those who re-offend
-Remember we are focusing on a small number of people
Fast-track prosecution (partnership with District Attorney)
- First appearance
- Bond hearing
- Grand jury
- Fewer continuances
- No plea arrangements for trigger offenses
Probation violations (partnership with Probation Officers)
“Pulling Levers” – law enforcement partnerships
- Local and State
- Federal prosecution
Sgt. Joe Friday asked the citizens and committee. How does the Police Department Track the Offender?
 
CJ LEADs watch list currently sends automatic alert when a person on specified watch list is added to AOC data or status is changed:
• Court dates / Schedule / Continuances
• Arrest
• Probation
• Watch list request for email to be sent when encountered by other LEO
• GPD agency Records Management System watch list is also designed to alert officer of status change – built in for redundancy
 
Sgt. Joe Friday Mentioned these Focused Deterrence Key Points:
Emphasis on the word focused in focused deterrence strategies. Strategies were successful because they create a credible deterrent threat.
Deterrence message is applied to relatively small, specific audience, rather than to a general audience
Overall idea is that law enforcement can increase the certainty, swiftness, and severity of punishment
These approaches focus solely on high rate offenders, gang members, drug sellers, or other specific individuals

 
Sgt Joe Friday gave these On-Line Resources to everyone in case if they wanted to learn and study more about Focused Deterrence
 
Pulling Levers Focused Deterrence Strategies to Prevent Crime. Anthony Braga; David Weisburd. http://cops.usdoj.gov/Publications/e041218460-508.pdf
 
Focused Deterrence: High Point, North Carolina
http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/library-andmultimedia-
resources/crime/focused-deterrence-highpoint- north-carolina
 
Center for Evidence-Based Policing: Focused Deterrence
Strategies http://cebcp.org/evidence-based-policing/whatworks-
in-policing/research-evidence-review/focuseddeterrence/Online
 
Lastly, Sgt Joe Friday presented the Staff Contact Information to everyone.
 
Sgt. Joe Friday
252-329-4357
 
jfriday@greenvillenc.gov
Mrs. Devinder Culver
252-329-4180
 
dculver@greenvillenc.gov
Cpl. Phil Rollinson
252-329-4137
prollinson@greenvillenc.gov
 
Public Expression and Questions
The citizens asked several questions, made comments and expressed their concerns.

Police Community Relations Committee Meeting

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
City Hall Building (3rd Floor Gallery)
200 West 5th Street
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

TOPIC:  Focused deterrence, Sgt. Joe Friday

PCRC Minutes:  May 14, 2014

The Police Community Relations Committee met at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at the City Hall Building, third floor Gallery Room, 200 West 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27834.
The meeting began at 6:30 pm.
APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA:
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton asked for a motion for approval of the May 14, 2014 agenda.
 
Motion:           Ms. Belinda Perkinson
Second:         Mr. Richard Crisp
 
The agenda was unanimously approved by the committee.
 
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES:
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton asked for a motion for approval of the April 9, 2014 minutes.
 
Motion:           Ms. Belinda Perkinson
Second:         Mr. Richard Crisp
 
The minutes were unanimously approved by the committee.
 
 INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton asked each member to introduce themselves and let everyone know which district they represented.
 
mission of committee and purpose of meeting:
 
    Chairperson Shawan Sutton stated that the purpose of the Committee was:
 
To serve as a liaison between the community and the police;
To serve as an advocate for programs, ideas, and methods to improve relations between the community and the police;
To disseminate information to the community and the City with regard to the state of relations between the community and the Greenville Police Department;
To assist and promote community education efforts concerning safety awareness and community and individual awareness.     
 
COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:
Shawan Sutton; Chairperson, District 1
Richard Crisp; District 4
Lennard Naipaul; District 2
Aaron Lucier; District 5
Belinda Perkinson; District 3
 
COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT:
Brian Paiz; At-Large
Marcus Jones; Mayoral
 
CITY STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT:   
Captain Chris Ivey, Administration Bureau; Assistant City Attorney, Bill Little,; Sylvia Horne, Administration Services Support Specialist;  Officer Jonathan Peterson, Center City Unit; Officer Joseph Simmons, Center City Unit.
 
COUNCIL MEMBERS PRESENT: 
None
 
OTHERS:
None
 
SPEAKER TOPIC:  
Geographic Deployment/New Units – Captain Chris Ivey, Greenville Police Department
 
Captain Chris Ivey introduced himself to the committee members and others that attended the PCRC meeting. He stated that he was going to discuss how the police dept. conducts the Geographic Zone approach and the way the police dept. is deploying the police officers.  Prior to May 3rd the police dept. had four areas.  Each area had an area commander and officers assigned to the area, and the area commander was responsible for a shift of officers that worked 12 hours and also the area commander was responsible for all the crime in the area. Now the city has been broken into 3 zones with 3 zone commanders being solely responsible for their zone and how to reduce crime in their area. 
 
Geographic Zone Approach  
3 Geographic Zones and Center City
South (South Memorial & Greenville Blvd.) - Lt. Lucas
East – (10th St., Greenville Blvd., Brook Valley, Charles Blvd.) Lt. Bowen
West – Lt. Allsbrook
Center City – (8 officers & one Sgt.) down town area. Lt. Tyndall and Sgt. Oxendine
 
The next topic Captain Ivey covered was:  Zone Commander/Watch Commander
He stated that the zone commander’s do not run a patrol shift, they look at crime that is going on in the zone and from there they make plans on how to reduce crime.  24-7 and 365 days of the year there is a watch commander.  Cpt. Ivey stated watch commanders are different from zone commanders because the watch commander is solely responsible when he or she is working his or her 12 hour shift for those officers that are working that 12 hour shift and anything that is going on all over the city at that time. 
 
Captain Ivey stated that there are several different initiatives that the police dept. uses to fight crime.  One initiative is called:
 
CRIAS (CRIME REDUCTION INIATIVE AREAS) – are basically 750 sq. feet blocks that have been mapped; method is called fish net mapping.  The police dept. takes data of part I crime  murder, rape, robbery, larceny, shoplifting, and aggravated assault)  have occurred for the last three years and map it on the map and the police dept. takes  the last six months and overlay over the three years and shows a micro hotspot on the 750 sq foot block. That is how the police dept. is able to attack where the crime is occurring in the city. In January 2013 is when the police dept. completed the 1st fish net mapping, there were 31 or 32 CRIAS in the city.  After the 1st 6 months of mapping and re-evaluating the mapping the police dept. could see if they had gotten rid of any hot spots and to see if any other hot spots had popped up in the area.  Cpt. Ivey stated that by sending an officer to the hotspot to make contact with a citizen, write a ticket, make an arrest, conduct an interview, use foot or bicycle patrol or just be proactive for 10 minutes; this will make a residual effect on crime for 2 to 4 hours in that area. By taking these initiatives the CRIAS for last year were reduced from 32 to 13.
 
Captain Ivey mentioned the High Point Model – This model is where the police dept. identifies people who are causing problems within the city.  They will bring them into the station and the criminal will get a chance to meet the officers and have a meeting with them.  At that point the criminal will be informed by the officers that they are aware of what they are doing out in the streets and community.  They are told that if they commit any crimes the police dept would bring full force of the penal system down on them.  It is all encompassing program that includes: the district attorney, probation and parole, police officers, and community resources to help the person change their life style by offering them training to help them to find a job.
 
The next topic Cpt. Ivey discussed was called DDACTS (Data Driven Approaches to Crime in Traffic Safety).  Cpt. Ivey stated that when he was working in the Field Operations Bureau he had the crime analysis to run the 10 top locations for the crashes in the City of Greenville.  It was a charge given to him by Chief Aden because Greenville had entirely too many car crashes.  Cpt. Ivey stated that there were 5,400 crashes in the year of 2012.  Once Cpt. Ivey got the number and the locations of where the crashes were occurring, he immediately brought the traffic supervisors in and discussed with them placing officers on the locations (Arlington Blvd.) and enforcing the traffic laws. Cpt. Ivey stated by doing this simple task; it reduced traffic crashes by 5% from 2012 to 2013.
  
The next topic Cpt. Ivey discussed was called: New Units.  Cpt. Ivey stated there have been a lot of changes in the police dept. There is now a unit called TAC (Tactical Anti-Crime Unit). It is made up of eight people. (one Sgt., one Cpl., and six officers).  It is completely made up of SWAT team operators.  The officers are specially tasked in the hotspots to eradicate crime in the hotspots and to help the inner city unit in the downtown area every other weekend.

The next topic Cpt. Ivey discussed was called: Center City.  Cpt. Ivey stated that the officers wear blue shirts as uniform.  The officers are on bikes, segways, foot, cars, and they are on the greenways during the day and night.  They work downtown and form partnerships with business owners and other stakeholders to facilitate making downtown safe and conducive to economic development in the center city.
 
The next topic Cpt. Ivey discussed was called: Gang Unit.  He stated that the gang unit was not new, but the police dept. had completely refocused the gang unit.  They work with the TAC unit.  They are now doing more street level suppression and they still do some detective type work, but they are out on the street interacting with gang members and doing interventions to prevent violence. 
 
Cpt. Ivey briefly discussed:  Focus Deterrence.
 
Cpt. Ivey asked the committee members if they had any further questions or comments regarding the topics that were discussed. He also informed the committee that they could call him anytime. Lastly he thanked all the members for coming out to the meeting.
 
Chairperson Shawan Sutton stated that she reviewed from the minutes that the PCRC meetings were being considered becoming “centralized” to the City Hall Building.  She wanted to request that “District 1” meeting to remain at (IGCC) Lucille W. Gorham Inter Generational Community Center; because it promotes community engagement and support.  Other than that one meeting she was not opposed to having the other meetings centralized.

Mr. Crisp stated that he felt that the next meeting with the topic of Focus Deterrence/Youth Initiatives meeting should be held at a school so that the attendance could possibly be better. 
 
Ms. Perkinson stated she didn’t mind the meetings being centralized as well, because her district was nearby.  She commented on how good the participation was at the Intergenerational Center.

Chairperson Shawan Sutton also announced that on (IGCC) day along with Code Enforcement Spring Clean-Up.  There was a total of 863 participates.

Public Expression and Questions

How much of the information regarding Hotspots published?
Median safety (center & suicide lane) how much does it help reduce crime?
Ask if they felt the Governor’s initiative to cut down on underage drinking is going to give the police officers advantage?
Committee members & staff went into a small discussion about the ABC laws.
(#979917)
 
NEWS:  The PCRC is Evolving!  See this letter from our new liaison, Sergeant D. W. Mills

 

 

 
From member Pat Pertalion:

THINGS YOUR BURGLAR WON'T TELL YOU

Read all the way to the end. You just might learn something that will save your home from being burglarized.

  1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.
     
  2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
     
  3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... And taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.
     
  4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
     
  5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks in to the house.. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
     
  6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.
     
  7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
     
  8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.
     
  9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)
     
  10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
     
  11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.
     
  12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.
     
  13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. (Find itat)
8 MORE THINGS A BURGLAR WON' T TELL YOU:
  1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.
     
  2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.
     
  3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.
     
  4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
     
  5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
     
  6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address. Parents: caution your kids about this. You see this every day.
     
  7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.
     
  8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs http://www.crimedoctor.com/ and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job.

Package Theft Prevention

From Sgt. Joe Friday, Greenville PD:

During the holiday season many people send and receive gifts through delivery services such as FedEx and UPS.  Sometimes, these delivery services may leave packages at the doorstep, making them easy targets for theft.  The Greenville Police Department asks residents to follow a few simple steps to help them avoid becoming a victim of delivery package theft.

 

  • Request a signature confirmation on all deliveries. UPS and FedEx will not leave packages at the door for items requiring a signature upon delivery.
  • If you do plan to receive packages at your door, alert neighbors of expected deliveries and ask them to hold the package for you or place it inside your garage or other area where it is not visible to would-be thieves.
  • Keep up with the delivery of your package with its tracking number, which will give you an expected delivery date.
  • Consider having valuable items insured.
  • Consider having packages delivered to another location where someone is more likely to be present during delivery.  For example, your workplace or a friend or family member’s home.
  • Notify the Police Department immediately if you see anything suspicious.
  • Be a good witness by providing accurate information on suspicious persons and/or vehicles to include tag numbers, vehicle color and suspect description.
  • Leave special instructions if possible to have a package left at the side or back door, out of sight from the road, instead of the front door.


With the ease of the internet, purchases can be made in the convenience of your own home, on your own time, with the rewards showing up on your doorstep.  But packages left unattended on your front steps, even for a short while, may just be too attractive for thieves to pass up.

Remember, crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

Student Project Benefits Our Community Watch Program

During the Fall 2012 semester, Dr. Intae Yoon, assistant professor in the School of Social Work at ECU, assigned his students a "macro-level intervention" assignment. Five students, Tiara Carter, Alesha Harper, Shakara Lesane, Asher Morgan and Tyerica Newton, all seniors, chose to work in a section of the university neighborhood that has been plagued by break-ins and arsons over the past few months [NOTE: A suspect has recently been arrested and charged with the arsons and break-ins].

After surveying the residents who naturally felt that the break-ins and arsons were a community problem, the group decided to partner with the Greenville PD and TRUNA Community Watch coordinator to collect names, phone numbers and email addresses for CW announcements and alerts. The students set an initial goal of 25 names. 

At first, many of the residents were reluctant to provide personal information or suggestions to even Greenville Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit. One resident stated, "It's scary to live so close to these apartments that have suddenly caught on fire--no one knows who to blame!"

The group was able to surpass their goal and the list was forwarded to the TRUNA CW coordinator.

"This group has been instrumental in getting out the word to students about our neighborhood Community Watch efforts. By taking the time to knock on doors, this initial list of names is a beginning that will, hopefully, bloom as those thirty participants talk to their neighbors, and those neighbors sign up for alerts and talk to their neighbors and so on. This grassroots effort to raise awareness is what neighborhood safety is all about.” ( Belinda Perkinson, Coordinator of TRUNA Community Watch Program)