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Sat., June 29, 2013

Shine a light on crime

In “A Handle on Property Crime” (June 23) Jonathan Brunt states that the drastic rise in property crimes is largely due to not enough police. However, I can think of at least two other reasons: poor lighting and failure to secure property.

In a public meeting with Mayor David Condon and police Chief Frank Straub earlier this year, I mentioned this to them. Condon made a joke about lighting up for St. Patrick’s Day, and Straub thought it wouldn’t make any difference; he wants more officers, of course.

As a former police officer and security chief, I can safely say that a better-lit city is one of the most important keys to crime reduction. Only the conceited or overconfident would deny this.

Victor Buksbazen

Spokane



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