Tuesday September 19, 2006
Mayor announces series of Neighborhood-Safety Workshops
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced a partnership between city government and six local Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Stores that will enhance neighborhood safety.
The “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” initiative is a project in the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Sixth Division tailored to homeowners in the Buechel Terrace, Camp Zachary Taylor, St. Joseph’s and Belmar neighborhoods. Lowe’s donated $10,000 to provide thousands of homes in those areas with new door locks, window-sash locks, security light fixtures, smoke detectors and about 1,000 home-weatherization kits.
“Lowe’s Heroes,” comprising teams of Lowe’s store employees, will install the new security devices during September and October. The teams will be accompanied by a Louisville Metro police officer who will conduct a security survey at each home and discuss crime reduction tips and the value of block watches. It is expected that more than 9,000 homes will be contacted.
“We make the most difference in enhancing neighborhood safety when our neighbors and community-minded corporate citizens work together with city government,” Abramson said. “We appreciate Lowe’s continued partnership and commitment to safety.”
Representatives of the Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods and the Camp Zachary Taylor and Buechel Terrace fire departments will join in visiting homes.
Buechel Terrace and Camp Zachary Taylor neighborhoods were selected due to a recent spike in burglaries in these areas. More than 60 percent of the residents of Camp Zachary Taylor are elderly.
“Many people with low or fixed incomes cannot afford the latest security devices and are more vulnerable to crime,” said Police Chief Robert White. “We are very grateful to Lowe’s for its support and enthusiasm for this important crime-prevention project.”
This is the second such partnership with Lowe’s. A similar program was conducted in the summer of 2003 in the Germantown, Schnitzelburg, Shelby Park and Smoketown neighborhoods. Since then, at least 25 new neighborhood watches have formed in the participating areas.
Lowe’s Safer Neighborhoods teams will visit neighborhoods on the following dates:
- Buechel Terrace - September 18–22 and September 25–29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Camp Zachary Taylor, St Joseph’s and Belmar - October 9–13 and October 16–20, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Safe Neighborhoods Workshops to be held across community
Abramson also announced a series of “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” workshops to be conducted throughout October by the Louisville Metro Police Department. At the workshops, citizens will receive tips on how to improve home security and neighborhood safety by participating in Neighborhood Watch Programs.
Creating Safer Neighborhoods Workshop Schedule:
Saturday, October 14
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Memorial Auditorium, 970 South Fourth Street
Thursday, October 19
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Central Government Center, 7201 Outer Loop
Monday, October 23
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Southwest Government Center, 7219 Dixie Highway
Tuesday, October 24
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., East Government Center, 200 Juneau Drive (Middletown)
Monday, October 30
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Holiday Inn Downtown, 120 W. Broadway (Second & Broadway)
The workshops cost $10 to attend and include continental breakfast or a light meal. For more information about Louisville Metro’s “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” initiative, please contact MetroCall at 311 or (502)574-5000 or visit www.louisvilleky.gov.