Island police will host a public meeting next week about property crime on South Whidbey, and what homeowners can do to protect themselves.
Organized by the Island County Sheriff’s Office, the meeting is 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 19 in the new commons at South Whidbey High School.
Detective Sgt. Laura Price said the gathering is an offshoot of a charged meeting with the building community in April about ongoing property crime. Thursday’s meeting will focus on everything from prevention to neighborhood watch.
A host of law and justice officials are expected to attend. Chief Criminal Deputy Rick Felici of the sheriff’s office and Langley Police Chief David Marks will discuss area trends; Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks will talk about how the court system works; and Charlene Ray of the county’s human services department will explore available resources to get friends/family members help.
Detective Chris Peabody is expected to go over what law enforcement needs to identify suspects and develop a case, specifically related technical requirements; and Price will talk about how to report crimes and start a neighborhood watch group.
Finally, a homeowner, a representative from the building industry and someone from Whidbey Telecom will discuss prevention and related technology.