By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
According to reports from Canyon County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), both crime and officer presence was up in Melba during October compared to previous months.
In October, 54 percent of calls in the Melba area were community policing events, meaning officers were in the area and made welfare checks, assisted citizens, stopped to check in at local businesses, and investigated anything unusual or suspicious.
The remaining 46 percent of officer activity included animal control, persons and property crimes, juvenile and public offense, traffic accidents and offenses, as well as civil process, code enforcement and warrant servicing.
All of the above calls increased in volume in October with exception of code enforcements.
Specifically, property crimes, such as theft, burglary, vandalism and unlawful entry incidents have increased 91 percent from September.
“The sheriff’s office typically notices an increase in property and persons crimes when fall and winter weather, and approaching holidays are near,” said Deputy Travis Lowber of the CCSO.
The sheriff’s office increased law enforcement patrols in the Melba area during past months in an effort to incorporate more community policing.
Community policing is intended to improve relationships between the public and police, enhance police success in preventing and controlling crime, and increase police accountability.
CCSO recommends several steps residents can take to help prevent property crime.
They suggest securing valuables by locking doors on homes, vehicles and outbuildings, and also recommend installing proper lighting to deter trespassers.
“It is crucial that property owners and citizens report the crimes to Law Enforcement as soon as possible, as well, to assist us in a speedy investigation and hopefully recovery of the property,” said Lowber.