Summary of questions /comments by DHP members at the November 8, 2017 general meeting
Members who attended the meeting were aware of the need to increase the number of members so that the number of hours of patrolling could be increased. There was recognition that a strong sense of community would help motivate non-members to join since all benefit from the presence of the Patrol. There was a suggestion that better use of social media might increase awareness of what services the Patrol is providing.
Crime prevention was a concern. While it is not possible to know when a crime is prevented, Lt. Tony Singh, the DHP officer in charge, spoke to visibility and randomness as key factors. He also pointed out that the DHP officers are real police with arrest powers and with direct connections to DeKalb and city of Atlanta police departments.
Members have access to links on the DHP website to crime reports where crimes are listed and updated by local police jurisdictions.
Lt. Singh reported that the DHP officers respond to literally hundreds of home alarm alerts and of course do innumerable home checks as part of vacation patrols that members can request.
Questions were raised about how patrol hours are determined. Lt. Singh stated that he matches patrol hours to the current crime patterns to the extent possible. He noted that criminals tend to not want to be in places with a police presence and reinforced the fact that more members results in more hours of patrolling.
There was concern that streets will be dropped from the catchment area. There are no plans at this time to drop any members but more members on any street will help increase Patrol hours.
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