By Staff Reports
(Hesperia)—Citing concerns for neighborhoods throughout High Desert communities, the 1,100 member High Desert Association of REALTORS® (HDAOR), formerly Victor Valley Association of REALTORS® has launched a year-long initiative to promote creation of Neighborhood Watch groups.
“Our goal is to encourage residents to take more responsibility for their personal safety and security and we couldn’t think of a better way to do that than helping create Neighborhood Watch groups,” said HDAOR President Becky Otwell. “We’re not talking about forming vigilante groups, we’re simply hoping to bring back the notion of neighbors helping neighbors and that won’t happen if you don’t know your neighbors,” she added.
Assisted by Michael Stevens, former Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Officer and President of Stevens Consulting Services, Otwell has already received support for the initiative from San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon and First District County Supervisor Robert Lovingood.
“Anytime that we can get communities involved to be that extra set of eyes and ears to assist law enforcement it is something that we truly appreciate,” said Sheriff McMahon.
Otwell stated that, working with Crime Prevention personnel at local Sheriff Stations, realtors in offices throughout the High Desert will be providing information and resources on how start and maintain a Neighborhood Watch group.
Neighborhood Watch is an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood. Otwell states that having a Neighborhood Watch group is also a great way to be prepared for disasters.
The Association will host community meetings at its Hesperia office once per month on the third Thursday at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. to help residents learn the steps to start a neighborhood watch.
Victor Valley Association of REALTORS® original charter was May 22, 1948. June 1, 2014 the Victor Valley and Barstow Association of REALTORS® merged forming the new High Desert Association of REALTORS®.
Throughout its history, the High Desert Association of REALTORS® has always strived especially hard to support the needs of the High Desert communities it serves. The HDAR sponsors several fundraising events each year, with the money raised from these events contributed to scholarships and several local charity organizations.
For more information, contact Becky Otwell at (760) 964-7504.