Greensboro police and JROTC team up: ‘Don’t be a victim’

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Police Department and Cadets with the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Page High School teamed up to send out a message—don’t be a victim.

Thirteen students met up with officers on Saturday morning to pass out flyers and talk with people about a common crime—larcenies from vehicles.

In the past year, the city has seen a slight increase in this type of crime—specifically a 2 percent increase. In the spring and summer seasons, officers say that’s when they start to see more of these incidents.

The teams went into 12 neighborhoods and business areas that have been affected by car break-ins. The teams knocked on doors to talk with community members about the problem and passed out information on ways to prevent it: park in well-lit areas, hide your valuables, lock your doors and take your keys with you.

In a statement from police, “This is the second time Page High School NJROTC students have worked alongside officers to help prevent larcenies from vehicles. The cadets assisted with a similar effort in February of 2012. The event supports Chief Scott’s strategy of implementing best practices to reduce crime and improve quality of life.”

Deputy Chief James E. Hinson Jr. says this is also an opportunity to mentor the Cadets.

“We are also building relationships with young people, so that they can know that police are approachable,” Hinson said.