Sustained forests; sustained profits
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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.
It is a system with objectives such as the following:
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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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