The August safety meeting was well attended by neighborhood activists as we worked on public safety throughout Southampton. The latest crime report for the neighborhood was reviewed. There was no change in the primary effort to reduce larceny from motor vehicles and of parts.
A fund-raising effort to install intersection cameras connected to the Real Time Crime Center at police headquarters (and based on their recommendations) will begin soon. Two tours of the Real Time Crime Center have been scheduled so neighbors can experience how using these cameras leads to crime prevention and criminal prosecution. Members can register for both free tours now. If you're not a member check back as both tours will be opened to non-members.
Volunteers have surveyed alley lighting and street lighting, reported their findings to Ameren and to CSB, and re-visited to make sure repairs were made. A recommendation from the traffic study was taken on by Safety neighbors and Southampton traffic signage has been surveyed twice throughout the neighborhood; reported to CSB; and re-visited to ensure completion.
An innovative project suggested by a neighbor will begin a pilot stage in September. After results are evaluated, full neighborhood implementation is planned. This project is designed to encourage landlords and tenants to join with the Association and our members in making Southampton stronger and safer--a benefit to all neighbors and property owners.
If you have not been to a safety meeting, keep an eye on Events and plan to come. It's a way to meet activist neighbors and to join efforts to improve our community. We exchange ideas and develop neighborhood-wide efforts to help Southampton become stronger and safer. Join us at our October meeting. Watch for the announcement for date and time.