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Advocate Lake Highlands (October 2009) : Page 32

service will make you feel like you’re in the winner’s circle. Call the agent near you. State Farm’s money-saving discounts and award-winning Sr. Cpl. Tracy Glenn patrols the Northeast Dallas areamost days between 3 p.m. and midnight. Reginald W. Johnson 6333 E Mockingbird, Ste. 275 214-821-4242 Jennifer Wilcox 9660 Audelia Rd., Suite 123 214-348-0480 improvement is communication, he says. “Behind each of these high- crime, rundown apartments is a human being running things. If you can find that person, you can appeal to them and hopefully work with them. Sometimes they don’t cooper- ate, and then you just have to stay on them.” And it’s not all about taking bad Rob Braun 9601 White Rock Trail, Suite 214 214-343-1515 landlords to task. “We are also working with a non-profit group [Volunteers of America Texas] getting programs set up for at-risk kids, and, hopefully, the neighborhood church- es and the community will be eager to participate.” We’ve got to pull together Wakefield grasps what police now John Hamman, CPCU 8330 Abrams Rd., Suite 104 214-341-3050 tell us: no matter how concentrated the law enforcement effort, it will take more than that to turn the tide of crime in Lake Highlands. The cooperation of apartment owners, city leaders, and volunteers is essen- tial, Deputy Chief Lawrence says. Our area’s army of volunteers is one Jim Collins, CLU 11807 Preston Rd. 214-349-7455 of the most vital combatants we have when it comes to crime reduction, he says. There are 1,500 to 2,000 vol- unteers involved in Northeast crime watch groups and similar organiza- tions. Those are impressive num- bers, but Lawrence says they could benefit by being more organized. That’s where retired probation offi- Providing Insurance and Financial Services State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company Bloomington, IL ® cer Felix Saucedo comes in. “A neighborhood that is educated and aware will have less crime,” Saucedo says while patrolling his White Rock area neighborhood. He helped form a crime watch group there, and as a member of a citywide crime watch executive board, he helps other neighborhoods do the same thing. Dallas’ crime watch executive board consists of 10 directors — one from each of the seven Dallas Police Department divisions, one apartment community representative and one business community representative. Its purpose is to organize the city’s crime watch groups in order to make them more effective, and to help neighborhoods create crime watch groups. Police can’t be everywhere all the time, Saucedo says, “so we are their eyes and ears.” Claiming more than 100 neighbor- hood crime watch groups, our neigh- borhoods can be a powerful crime fighting force, Saucedo says. And Lawrence gives these volunteer orga- nizations partial credit for last year’s 21 percent overall reduction in crime in area patrolled by the Northeast Subdivision. Time to hold heads high Though it’s necessary at times to draw attention to crime, there also is a time to acknowledge the neighbor- hood’s successes and take positive action to continue to improve the quality of life in Lake Highlands. District 10 City Councilman Jerry Allen says that time is now. “It’s time for people in the area

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