Dec 09, 2016
Denver, CO – Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – The Denver Police Department (DPD) is turning the figurative symbol for an idea – the light bulb – into a real-life good idea and crime prevention tool. This evening, DPD is partnering with neighborhood volunteers to go door-to-door in the Swallow Hill neighborhood distributing more than 300 free, energy-efficient light bulbs to aid in illuminating porches and alleys, and will also share crime prevention information and work to build deeper connections with residents.
The light bulb distribution event in the Swallow Hill neighborhood, which lies between E. Colfax Avenue, E. 17th Avenue, N. Clarkson Street and N. Downing Street, is a component of DPD’s comprehensive crime prevention activities.
“The goal here is pretty simple: to increase visibility and reduce criminals’ ability to move undetected through neighborhoods at night committing crimes,” said DPD District Six Commander Ron Saunier. “This is also a great opportunity for officers to interact with the folks who live in the Swallow Hill neighborhood and hear firsthand any safety concerns they may have.”
Following a similar light bulb distribution and community outreach effort in a Northwest Denver neighborhood, DPD and residents saw a decrease in auto theft, theft from motor vehicle and criminal mischief to motor vehicle.
“Preventing crime and creating safer neighborhoods requires hard work by both police and residents, and this partnership is a great example of that commitment,” said Bob Hampe, president of the Swallow Hill Neighborhood Association. “I encourage neighborhood associations and residents throughout the city to work with the Denver Police Department to find ways in which they can collaborate and make a real impact on community safety.”