By Staff Reports
(Hesperia)— After a six-month hiatus, Neighborhood Watch informational meetings conducted by the High Desert Association of REALTORS® (HDAOR) will resume April 5 at Victorville City Hall in cooperation of the Victorville Police Department. Citing a recent Daily Press article in which County Sheriff John McMahon is quoted as saying …”You’re going to see proactive activity (by officers and deputies) go down. Then you’re going to see an increase in crime. If crooks can go unchecked, they’re going to do more…” the Association decided to resume its efforts to encourage residents to take steps to reduce their risks of becoming a crime victim.
“It was disturbing to learn that Proposition 57 passed in November and it reclassified violent crimes as nonviolent and allowed for the early release of 16,000 violent felons, only to discover another bill will keep our police from effectively fighting crime,” said Karen L. Sanchez, HDAOR President.
Sanchez is referring to Assembly Bill 953 which beginning January 1, 2018 will require law enforcement officers to collect data on the people they stop, which will create vast amounts of additional paperwork that will be required anytime a person is detained.
“Our Realtors made a commitment back in January 2015 when we partnered with local crime prevention officers to help the general public understand the value and benefits of being involved in
Neighborhood Watch,” said Sanchez. The Association had been sponsoring monthly
informational sessions that described how Neighborhood Watch works and to encourage residents to take steps to reduce their risks of becoming a crime victim. Sessions were temporarily suspended because of other priorities.
“Realtors live throughout the High Desert and we have a vested interest to help improve the quality of life for our residents and make our neighborhoods safer,” Sanchez added.
The Neighborhood Watch informational session will be held for all interested High Desert residents on Wednesday, April 5 from 5:30—7:00 p.m. Plans are to conduct the sessions every quarter in different High Desert locations. For more information contact the High Desert Association of Realtors at (760) 244-8841.
High Desert 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.