Monday June 7, 2004
Helene Kramer Rebecca Brenzel Louisville Metro P.D. Dept. of Neighborhoods
A new public/private partnership between the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Department of Neighborhoods and a Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Store means that hundreds of residents will be able to make their homes more secure.
The “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” initiative is a pilot project in the Fifth Police District tailored to homeowners in the Smoketown, Shelby Park and Germantown/Schnitzelburg neighborhoods. This innovative effort was announced at a kick-off news conference this morning at St. Elizabeth’s Church in Germantown.
Lowe’s donated $4000.00 for 600-800 homes to receive new door locks, window sash locks and security light fixtures. Teams of “Lowe’s Heroes,” who are store employees, will be installing the new security devices during June and July. The teams will be accompanied by a Louisville Metro police officer who will conduct a security survey at each home and hand out informative pamphlets on safety. “Many people with low or fixed incomes cannot afford adequate security devices and are vulnerable to crime, says Chief Robert White of the Louisville Metro Police Department. “We are very grateful to Lowe’s for its support and enthusiasm for this important crime prevention project.”
The “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” pilot project is also a perfect fit with Mayor Jerry Abramson’s effort to keep hometown security as Louisville’s top priority. “We’re putting more police on the street and in neighborhoods than at any time in our community’s history,” Abramson says. “And through programs like this one, we’re putting those officers in direct contact with neighbors, empowering neighbors to enhance safety in their homes and their neighborhoods.”
When the locks and light fixtures are installed, The Department of Neighborhoods will also have a representative on hand to give residents information on Neighborhood Watches and services such as MetroCall, which enables residents to report problems by dialing 3-1-1 and Operation Brightside, which keeps our community beautiful. “We are thrilled to have Lowe’s as a community leader to make our neighborhoods safe,” said Melissa Mershon, Department of Neighborhoods Director. “Ask anyone in any neighborhood about their number one concern and safety is always at the top. We are pleased to have this equipment available to our residents.”
The dates and times for the installations are as follows:
Germantown/Schnitzelburg June 7th-11th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Germantown/Schnitzelburg June 14th-18th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Smoketown/Shelby Park July 12th-16th 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Smoketown/Shelby Park July 19th-23rd 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.