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Security and Safety

Augmenting public and private services of a wide variety, Security and Safety seeks to improve the quality of life in the region through creative services in the area of safety and personal and property security. This includes crime prevention, home and land protection services, education to affect local perceptions of crime and safety, assistance in law enforcement, assistance in search and rescue missions, reduction of trespass and vandalism, fire and safety inspection, select legal unity contacts, security and safety sections of comprehensive planning systems The Trevey, superior hunting and angling safety programs, training and publications in all of the above. It also works closely with the Fire Force and includes select laboratory analyses supportive of the above, as well as GIS applications (e.g., viewing zones and search-and-rescue probability, and clandestine missions.

The general work on the areas where there is intensive work is:

The work includes planning for each difficulty, making prior arrangements, doing preventative patrols, using plantings and structures to guide people and their behaviors where desired, using signs, and exhibiting a "presence"

This is an innovative group within the region, progressing along lines of available expertise, costs of services, and ability to expand to meet needs.

Objectives

It is a system with objectives such as the following:

Inputs

Computer systems will be used in innovative ways. These include 01.8 risk-level maps, client location maps, ownership, flight patterns (aircraft search), wildlife zones and search access, potential violation zones, and (with the Fire Force) fire control access times.

Computer analysis services will be offered to county, region and other agencies. Software for field computers will be developed. (A preliminary, comprehensive list is available. Staff works with citizen advisory work will complete the list.)

A section in The Trevey will be developed and dynamically improved.

A database on certain people and areas will be maintained.

Research protocols will be developed relating to input systems for enforcement and security groups

Visits and inspections made for clients will be held in one database.

Procedures/Processes

Little money is made from "education" but Security and Safety practice involves it in unusual ways, often as a PR cost of business. The strategies include:

Each of these has many combinations and permutations of techniques, only some of which are discussed here.

We operate on the basis of several theories of crime causation (Giles, 1989). The first is that some people are in deep poverty and have real needs and will eventually steal to get them. We develop (with others) select programs to assist (e.g., supply deer meat).

Other people (another causative mechanism at work) seek excitement. We develop activities for them (escape/evasion outdoor challenge courses; Poachers Anonymous; etc.) (see
NovoSports)

Others do not know the law. We educate in selective ways.

Protection is developed for cabins, farms, forest lands in area- and owner-specific ways. These include locks, window barriers, lights, signs, etc. Inspection visits are used. (Automatic alarm systems signaling a remote dispatcher are not contemplated as part of the service at this time.)

Boundary marking, education, and inspection (with apprehensions) are likely to keep timber trespass in check.

A strategy to reduce vandalism is available and included within The Trevey

A superior regional "hot-shot" fire fighting crew (Fire Force) will be developed. It may serve other regions. It may relate well to the excitement needed by some potential violators.

Hunter safety will be emphasized with public announcements, e.g., "x-thousand hunter-hours without an accident."

Hunter safety drama groups will be encouraged for entertainment, as well as for education.

Hunter distribution may be use to increase safety.

Enforcement within The Deer Group and The Fishery will support The Pest Force.

A quality set of publications will be produced.

Training will be needed.

Dogs will be used in tracking, education, and demonstrations (see Good Dog).

Insurance group support will be sought for the safe hunter or angler (trained and with rates decreasing with safe behavior).

With hunters declining, emphasis is on outdoor user, hikers, etc. and desired behavior (that without costs to landowners).

Tables 1 and 2 present a list of related issues and opportunities.

Feedback

We need personal rewards. These will be studied. Annual reports to customers..." x-days without disruption" may suffice. Citizens need to know about improvements made. "Thermometer" on the green at each area of the Lasting Forests or other properties may help express progress.

We have to clarify objectives. For example, not working for "arrests" but "arrests for high-valued crime" is the direction, then we may include costs and effort of achieving each objective related to prevention.

Stability in the program will be difficult. There is little research; much is service- and PR-related; much is innovative. Awareness of the need will assist in reducing costs and gaining clients.

Feedforward

The region is changing. Baseline data are needed so we do not look like we are "causing" problems since our measures may get worse, not due to us, but due to changing socioeconomic factors. We need to express changes made within many sub-groups since the number in the sub-group may change faster than the factors we are trying to change. We need to issue news releases on our views of the future, sponsor university essays, etc.


Table 1: Security and Safety Ideas
  1. Computer-based foot, horse, and mobile patrols
  2. Computer monitoring of teen-ager-driven vehicles to promote safe driving and reduce local accident rates and deaths (Contact: Automobile Club of New York, Robert Sinclair, Jr., Manager of public information, Office: 516/873-2258 , E-mail: rsinclair@aaany.com); partial relations to 4 x 4 Group
  3. Boat safety and anti-violation education with tours
  4. Protective signs
  5. Land boundary marking (re trespass)
  6. Property survey and scoring with suggestions for improved safety
  7. Free entrance to annual crime-stopper fair (See Table 2)
  8. Patrols with dogs by uniformed staff
  9. Wildlife law enforcement leadership
  10. Sponsor an 800-phone line; Develop an extra contact when in need - a hot-line
  11. Strategic staff-efforts to reduce crime and fear of crime in the region
  12. Law education
  13. Access to low-cost security and safety equipment and its installation
  14. Security system sales and management (group purchases)
  15. Lighting services
  16. Random patrols
  17. Speakers group
  18. Sponsored research
  19. Court officers included in tours
  20. Annual regional crime report
  21. Neighborhood crime-watch organizations
  22. Fire prevention checks and scoring
  23. Intensive newspaper work
  24. Fire Force rapid response unit
  25. Work with private detectives
  26. Insurance benefits - premium based on attending a safety school and record
  27. Insurance photo and records (bonded)
  28. Mysterious/clandestine action and show of force
  29. Distribute "obey the rules " cards
  30. Youth program work (including wards of the courts and the Rollers)
  31. Distribute safety "card game "
  32. Make maps of problem occurrences
  33. Cooperative work with other agencies,including bringing research results to the region
  34. Study distributions, and develop predictive models
  35. Back-of-truck demonstrations
  36. Literature searches
  37. Sponsor rewards
  38. Self-defense education
  39. Safety clothing design and sale
  40. Make restaurant and meat locker checks for illegal products and have a "certified legal" sign
  41. Handgun safety and education includingsupervised firing range work
  42. Hunting safety and education
  43. Work with taxidermists to reduce work with illegal animals
  44. Affiliate with Stables Group


Table 2: Ideas for a Safe and Secure Fair, one devoted to slowing
or stopping crime and reducing life stresses and costs of living



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