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Listening session to highlight neighborhood safety

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Beth Wheelock
May 18, 2009

A City of Janesville neighborhood listening session will highlight the police department's efforts in the Fourth Ward and Look West neighborhoods.


Police Chief Dave Moore says Janesville will be judged by the amount of crime in the central neighborhoods. If there aren't drug houses, thugs or drive-by shootings the entire city will be considered safe. But Moore says, likewise, if there's higher crime in those neighborhoods the entire city could be considered unsafe by businesses and families thinking of relocating to Janesville.


There's an increased police presence in the central neighborhoods as school lets out. Moore says there's also a concentrated effort to clean up code violations. Police officers and city code enforcement personnel recently walked every street in the neighborhoods checking for violations like abandoned cars, debris and garbage. Moore says if the neighborhoods are clean they're less prone to crime.


Thursday's listening session is open to all city residents and takes place at Wilson Elementary School at 6pm.


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