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Monday, April 16, 2012

'Operation Safe & Sound' Aims to Promote Safety, Reduce Crime in Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md.- The Newtown Historic District is a Salisbury neighborhood known for its quaint Victorian charm. The folks that live there don't want it to be known for crime and neither do the police. "Operation Safe & Sound" officially launched Friday night in Newtown; a joint effort between the neighborhood and law enforcement aimed at promoting safety and fighting crime.

"It wasn't so long ago you could have the car in the yard with the keys right in the ignition. We're in new days and times and it's about educating people that we need to make sure that we lock those things up," explained Assistant Chief Col. Ivan Barkley.
Officers and community members went door-to-door in the name of educating residents about steps to promote safety in the community.
It is a community David Elzey's family has been a part of for three generations.
"I think it's just wonderful for Newtown. We need a lot more exposure with police here, a lot more proactivity to help the citizens get to know the police, work with us, and keep the streets safe," he said.

Just down the street, longtime resident Harvey Evans has the same thought.

"Anything the police can do to help safety and the well-being of the neighbors in Newtown, I agree with," Evans told WBOC.

Salisbury police plan to expand "Operation Safe & Sound" to all neighborhoods in the city but there's a reason they're starting with Newtown.

"In looking at some of the data that's coming through, we kind of noticed an uptick of things like thefts from vehicles and maybe some attempted break-ins in that area," noted Barkley.

"There's various crimes that do go on here, but we have to keep our eyes open and our ears open to let people know that we're here and we are watching," Elzey said.

Barkley tells us "Operation Safe & Sound" has been in the works for a while now.
Police got through about half of the homes in the neighborhood and plan to pick up where they left off at a later date.

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