Our View: Do your part to help combat crime


Rocky Mount Telegram

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Crime Prevention Month kicks off Monday with a series of events across the area and throughout the country.

Established in 1984 by the National Crime Prevention Council, Crime Prevention Month seeks to publicize successful crime prevention practices and promote awareness of such issues as victimization, volunteerism and creating safer, more caring communities. 

The monthlong celebration also spotlights successful crime prevention efforts at the local, state and national levels and stresses the importance of community safety measures.

Local events begin Monday with Blue Shirt Day/World Day of Bullying Prevention, in which Rocky Mount Police Department employees in plain clothes will wear blue shirts to help raise awareness of and help prevent bullying.

The police department is inviting local residents to attend new member orientation for Police Explorer Post #774 at 6 p.m. Monday in the department’s training room at 330 S. Church St. and Coffee with a Cop from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Bojangles on English Road.

Perhaps the most crucial message of Crime Prevention Month is the importance of community involvement in the fight against crime. From organized neighborhood watch programs to vigilant neighbors, police depend on tips from local residents in solving and preventing crimes. 

Reports from local residents are often credited by law enforcement officers for helping them make arrests. They understand full well the value of the public working with them to fight crime.

A good example of the need for public involvement in solving and preventing crime can be found in staff writer Lindell John Kay’s second installment of The Kay Files series in today’s Telegram about Linda Lawerence, a Rocky Mount woman who went missing in 1996 and whose case has never been solved. Authorities depend on information from the public to help them crack this and other cold cases that they continue to follow up on.

We encourage local residents to take part in some of the activities marking Crime Prevention Month and do their part to help local law enforcement maintain a safer community for all of us.