Innovative Campaign Decreases Crime and Signs of Homelessness


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Crime and homelessness are sharply down in Escondidos Grape Day Park this winter thanks to an aggressive campaign that includes loud classical music, tree trimming, extra police patrols and policies discouraging donations.

City officials said last week that theyre surprised at the success achieved by a new task force aimed at making the 22-acre urban park safe for families and hundreds of residents moving into new downtown condominiums and apartments.

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Federal Programs Related to - Community Crime Prevention

Programs involving the business, religious or residential community in planning, funding or implementing a crime prevention program, often in cooperation with the local criminal justice system. Anti-Crime Patrols; Block Parent Programs; Block Watch; Citizen Patrols; Citizens' Crime Watch; Civilian Crime Patrols; Community Watch; Crimestoppers; Crimewatch; Home Alert Programs; Neighborhood Watch Programs

Federal Programs Related to - Services for the Homeless

Programs that provide supportive services for individuals and families who are homeless or which work with people who are at risk for homelessness in an effort to prevent them from losing their permanent residence.

Federal Programs Related to - Crime Control & Prevention

Programs that discourage preventable crime, obtain information from the public about suspected criminal activity, investigate alleged crimes, provide support for witnesses to and victims of crimes and reduce targeted types of crime.

Federal Programs Related to - Human Services, General/Other

Programs that support the personal and social development of individuals and families; provide care, protection and supervision; and enhance the individual's independence and ability to manage his or her own resources.

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Use references: Community Services; Multiservice Programs; Neighborhood Multipurpose Centers; Settlement House Programs; Social Services; Social Work


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