Increase of burglaries has neighbors fighting back

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On Wednesday, Feb. 15, a group of acquaintances and strangers met to take back their recent crime-targeted neighborhood. University Place Public Safety Manager Jennifer Hales, Sergeant Glen Carpenter and Interim Chief of Police Mike Blair presented burglar deterrent and personal safety tips.

Pierce County residents also learned about CODE Red and PC Alerts. "These two separate notification systems offer U.P. Citizens safety updates relevant to you in your neighborhood" according to

While the informal meeting was informative, it also accomplished another goal. The neighbors were no longer strangers; they became friends who vowed to look out for another and their spaces.

For more information or to schedule a similar meeting, contact Hales at 253.798.3141. In Tacoma, consult the Safe Streets Campaign at 253.272.6824.

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