The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees is putting on two community programs aimed at assisting citizens who will be away from their homes and on vacation this summer.
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The STARS team will provide training, literature and outlines in Neighborhood Watch so that communities can establish their own programs, wrote Sgt. Edward Falkenstein in a press release. A one-time presentation will be given to streets or neighborhoods interested. According to statistical data, active Neighborhood Watch programs deter crime and make communities safer.
Vacation checks are also available to those who are away from home. At least twice a week, while on patrol, STARs units will check homes and perimeters, making sure the house is in good condition and the vacationing residents have not been the victims of a crime.
Although the very presence of a STARS unit will deter crime, if a problem is found, deputies will be called immediately. The deputies will then investigate and inform the residents of the outcome.
Any citizen living in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County can take advantage of these programs for free. Those interested in the services, or in becoming a STAR volunteer, should contact the Placerville STAR Office at 530-621-7545 or the Tahoe Office at 530-573-3005.