Lawrence crime-watch event geared to business community

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A crime-watch event geared for the Lawrence business community will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 26 at the Sterrett Center, 8950 Otis Ave.

Lawrence Police Dept. Director of Crime Prevention Elia Sanchez said the Business Crime Watch Meeting will allow business owners to learn from each other.

Sanchez

“We want to be able to have a relationship with our business community because when we are looking at crime trends or analyzing our crime statistics, we want to be able to share those,” Sanchez said. “We want to create a community where we are able to share information about, ‘This is a situation that happened to me.’ It’s neat to see patterns.

“There’s certain things that maybe we can try to put together or if we had done this, we could have prevented it.”

Analyzing crime can reveal crime patterns, which businesses can learn from as part of prevention.

“Lawrence is a pretty big city, but we want to have that tight-knit community feel, and we want to bring the businesses together,” Sanchez said. “Our economy depends on these businesses, and we want to keep our economy healthy so we can, together, all thrive as a community. Part of that is getting together for these business-watch meetings and sharing information and building those long-lasting relationships between the police department and (businesses).”

Part of creating a tight-knit community means ensuring businesses are comfortable around the police department, Sanchez said. 

Breakfast will be provided. Topics include target-hardening a business’ location, learning about the latest crime trends, meeting LPD detectives and prosecutor and speaking with LPD Chief David Hofmann.

To register, contact Sanchez at 317-549-9580. For more, visit cityoflawrence.org/police/crime-watch.

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