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STARs here to help

By From page A9 | May 01, 2013

With the summer months approaching, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees (STARS) would like to let community members know about two programs that could assist citizens away from their homes and on vacation.

The STARS Unit provides training, literature and outlines in Neighborhood Watch to assist communities in establishing their own programs. The unit will provide a one-time presentation regarding the program to an interested street or neighborhood. Statistical data shows that active Neighborhood Watch programs deter crime and help build a safer community.

STARS will also provide vacation checks on your home while you are away. While on patrol, STAR units will come to your home and check the perimeter to ensure you have not been a victim of a crime and your house is in good condition. Their presence deters crime and if they find a problem, they immediately let deputies know who will investigate the circumstances and make you aware of the outcome. This is a service which is offered at least twice a week to homeowners on vacation.

These services are offered and available to any citizen living in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County free of charge. If interested in utilizing these services, or becoming a STAR Volunteer, contact the Placerville STAR office at (530) 621-7545 or the Tahoe office at (530) 573-3005.

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