Crime Prevention Convention Focuses on Safety Information

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), October 19, 2008 | Go to article overview

Crime Prevention Convention Focuses on Safety Information


Byline: Laura Ruggeri The Register-Guard

Being safe and preventing crime were the underlying themes Saturday during the Prevention Convention held by the Eugene Police Department at South Eugene High School.

Members of the bomb squad, SWAT team and crash team were on hand to answer questions, crime prevention classes were designed for the entire family, and bicycle safety was a common interest at the event.

The convention featured various crime prevention topics for adults and teens, while several programs geared for children kept the younger crowd engaged as well.

At the bike registration booth outside, retired Sgt. Greg Zahar had forms for those wanting to register their bicycles with the police department.

Many stolen bikes are recovered, Zahar said, but there is no way to get them back if people don't register them.

Once a person registers his or her bike, they receive a sticker for the bike with an identification number matching the form. The sticker also says "Eugene Police Department" on it which acts as a deterrent to thieves, Zahar said.

Nearby, Lindsay Selser and Jim Wilcox demonstrated the visibility of bicycles using a Eugene public works dump truck. They placed bicycles behind and to the sides of the truck, and invited visitors to see the blind spots first-hand from inside the cab using the mirrors. Selser, a transportation planning technician with the city, said the demonstration was part of the Eye to Eye campaign, launched in August, to foster respect on the roadways.

Posters on the side of the truck illustrated where blind spots occur and informed readers, "Most fatalities occur within four feet of the truck. …

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