Public Invited to Neighborhood Watch Informational Meeting

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By Staff Reports

(Hesperia) —In an effort to empower High Desert residents to better defend against property crimes, the High Desert Association of REALTORS® (HDAOR) has once again partnered with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department to host an informational meeting on the effectiveness and how to arrange to participate Neighborhood Watch. The meeting is set for Monday, July 10, 2017. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at Hesperia Police Station, 15840 Smoke Tree Street.

“We’re convinced that the more that people can do to reduce their crime risks the safer they will be, and Neighborhood Watch has proven for over three decades it is one of the most effective ways to keep neighborhoods safe,” said Diane Smith, HDAOR Executive Officer. HDAOR began hosting Neighborhood Watch Informational meetings in January 2015 in locations throughout the High Desert.

“Our Association has over 1,200 members and we work and live in these communities so of course we want to do our part to create safe neighborhoods,” Smith added.

The meetings are open to residents from throughout the High Desert, not just the community in which the meeting is held. Smith added that with people taking vacations, leaving windows and doors open creates the perfect environment for burglars to operate.

A study completed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics showed a spike in burglaries during summer months; the study showed on average household burglary rates were approximately 11% lower in winter, 9% lower in spring, and about 6% lower in fall than in summer ( The most common hours for a burglary to occur are between10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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. For more information about the Neighborhood Watch Informational meeting contact the High Desert Association of Realtors at (760) 244-8841 or Sheriff’s Services Specialist Jackie Chambers at (760) 947-1549.

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