Last night the Franklin Community Association, along with City Council members Darren Suen and Stephanie Nguyen hosted a community meeting to discuss crime and safety. The meeting came about after a recent high profile crime involving 4 teens that robbed and assaulted a 12 year old boy. Surveillance video of the incident went viral on social media and helped lead to the arrest of 4 suspects. This was one of several incidents in recent weeks in the Franklin area that left resident concerned about crime.
Sandra Aboufares of the Franklin Community Association helped host the event. Two other city council members, Pat Hume and Steve Detrick, as well as Mayor Steve Ly were in attendance. A Sacramento Sheriff School Resource officer, Elk Grove Police Department Community Resource Officer Kristina Ramirez, and an Elk Grove Police Department detective were on hand to talk about their roles as well as answer questions from the community. Officer Ramirez responded to a majority of the questions, and offered tips on ways residents can lessen the chances of becoming victims of crime. She also offered suggestions on setting up a neighborhood watch and connecting with neighbors. Topics discussed during the 90 minute meeting included bullying in schools, cyberbullying, adding more police officers, reporting crimes, staffing levels at EGPD and more.
A common theme from the meeting was get involved. Get to know your neighbors. Report suspicious activity. Be the eyes and ears for police. If you’re the victim of a crime, file a report, no matter what it is. That is how EGPD determines staffing levels and what areas need more enforcement. Start a neighborhood watch. Get video cameras for the exterior of your home.
Also during the meeting, the young man who intervened during the assault on the teenager was introduced. Orly Martinez, a student at Franklin High, is being a called a local hero for his actions that day. Martinez will be honored by the entire city council on Wednesday night at the city council meeting.
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