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Safety campaign around UK

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

UK atheletic teams often use the strategy of double teaming to contain an opponent. Tuesday, the neighborhoods around UK were targeted with a quadruple teaming effort focusing on crime prevention and safety.

Personnel from Code Enforcement went door to door distributing flyers in areas surrounding the UK campus. It was a joint effort of that agency, both Lexingtona and UK Police and even the division of solid waste.

Code Enforcement DirectorDavid Jarvis described the campaign for 27 NEWSFIRST, "We're targeting about 1,500 homes in and around the UK area. We're distributing door hangers that explain the ordinances pertaining to things like indoor furniture on the front porch, trash and debris, parking issues and parties, and we're also including plenty of safety tips."

A lot of the information being given out is aimed at helping students avoid becoming victims of crimes.

Lt. Garry Stennett of the Lexington Police Department says, "Sometimes people forget and leave things in their car, and that creates opportunities for people to come by and steal things from the car so these flyers remind people to make sure their vehicle is locked before leaving it and never to leave it running while unattended. Also, if you don't want to carry valuables into the house, at least lock them in the trunk." Those students who aren't driving should remember to walk in groups and have a cell phone available to call 911 in an emergency develops."

Lt. Stennett says the city is also making an effort to get the curbs painted yellow and placing the appropriate signs reminding people where they can or can not park. Those students who aren't driving should remember to walk in groups and have a cell phone available to call 911 if an emergency developes.

We caught up with one of the door to door crews Tuesday on University Avenue where almost all of the homes are rental properties lived in by students. More than one had a sofa on the front porch, and often times when UK wins a big football game, sofas like those end up
out on the sidewalk and on fire.

David Jarvis says, "We're trying to avoid that this year. We're taking a pro-active approach and trying to educate as many people as we can, and that way there's no excuses. They'll know exactly what to expect, and when we come back in two weeks for the enforcement phase, there'll be no questions."


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