Archive for Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DA promotes ‘Lock ‘n’ Light’ strategy

September 11, 2012


After a rash of summer home burglaries in Lawrence, Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson Tuesday announced a new program — called “Lock ‘n’ Light” — to help Lawrence residents ward off would-be thieves.

County residents can pick up two free compact flourescent light bulbs at several area locations, such as the district attorney’s office and the Lawrence, Baldwin City and Eudora public libraries. Branson said the idea is for residents to use the free bulbs to help keep porch lights or other lighting on overnight.

That’s one of the simplest and cheapest ways to deter burglars, Branson said.

The “lock” portion of the program is to encourage residents to lock all doors. Branson said that in many of the recent burglaries, entry has been made through unlocked doors.

“We need to lock and we need to light,” Branson said.

The light bulbs were provided at cost by Home Depot, and the District Attorney’s Office used forfeited assets from drug cases to purchase the 1,000 bulbs. The bulbs will be available until they run out, Branson said.


BlackVelvet 5 years, 9 months ago

Exactly how would they (LE) prevent burglaries? There aren't enough cops to guard every house.

sentinel4820 5 years, 9 months ago

Do you not read or only look at the pictures???

What would you like the police to do besides educate the public about how important it is to LOCK your doors, leave on exterior lights, watch your neighbors, etc? You might want to share some of your insight on how police can prevent burglaries.

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 9 months ago

It's my understanding that many of these burglaries were committed with interior lights on...what else ya got, wonderboy?

BlackVelvet 5 years, 9 months ago

And once again, exactly would you have LE "do their jobs"??

irvan moore 5 years, 9 months ago

thanks charles, it's simple but some folks need to be reminded

kansasredlegs 5 years, 9 months ago

Good thing Charles is unopposed for this election, imagine how many of these public awareness campaigns we'd have to endure if there was another candidate to worry about in November.

A homeowner has the right to 'light' up an intruder, but not with a light bulb during an aggravated burglary. How about some free 9mm, .45 rounds and laser sights for night shooting with our lawfully possessed firearms?

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 9 months ago

The doors are locked for YOUR protection.

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