Cordova PD helping city’s residents with home security
by Jennifer Cohron
Jun 02, 2013 | 2260 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith introduced two new programs last week that are intended to help residents make their homes safer.

A personal and home security survey is now available at the police department. The series of 40 yes-or-no questions pinpoints areas where security may be lax, such as leaving doors unlocked while gone or not notifying the utility company of street lights that aren’t working properly.

“They can take this survey, and we’ll make recommendations on what they can do so they’ll be less likely to become a victim,” Smith said.

The survey is also available to local business owners.

The second program is Vacation Watch. Before taking a trip, residents can stop by the police department and fill out a registration form. The information requested includes address, dates for the trip, emergency contacts, and whether any children or vehicles will be remaining at the residence.

Officers will check on the property regularly until the homeowner returns.

“There’s a log on the back. The citizen can pick this up when they get back from vacation and see what dates and times the officers checked on the premises,” Smith said.

According to Smith’s report to the Cordova City Council on Tuesday, officers made 13 arrests and wrote 103 tickets in the month of May. The department received a $1,178 traffic safety grant to step up patrols around the Memorial Day holiday.

Cordova PD also acquired a Hummer last week through the 10-33 military surplus program. The council voted to allow a representative of the city to travel to Mississippi to retrieve the Hummer, which Smith said had a $41,000 requisition price.

Also, Smith has agreed to coach a team for the Walker County Community Action Agency’s fifth annual summer basketball program.

This is the first year that the city will be participating.

Two city against city tournaments for ages 12 to 18 will be held this summer at Swann Gym. There is no fee to participate.

Applications are available at City Hall.