Orange County will conduct surveys on people who have been robbed, now that they have received a $75,000 grant from the Department of Justice in Washington DC. The survey is a checklist of preventative measures residents can take covering inside and outside of a home. Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Jane Watrel described how the survey is conducted.
"Our experts will come out and work with you, and tell you things you may not know about your house, and can be fixed so that a burglar can not get in," Watrel said.
He said the one-page checklist of things like lighting, door types, and outdoor landscaping is not all. The Sheriff's Office will spend most of the $75,000 on equipment.
"We're going to get wireless computers, printers, we've got training for 25 people so they can go out and help citizens."
A software package is included with the 20 computers and wireless printers. Attorney, and former congressional candidate, Todd Long, said it may be a good idea, but this is an item the taxpayers can't afford.
"We've got a $16 trillion debt for a reason, and this is just one more example," said Long. "There are a lot of studies that are going on all throughout the country that aren't proving to be helpful at all, and this is another example of that."
Long does not believe he would want to take the survey if he were the victim of a burglary. "A survey after the fact is probably not the homeowner's first priority," he said.
But Watrel said catching a bad is, and will always be, priority one. He said doing a thorough breakdown of what happened allows a crime victim to get more peace of mind after what can be a terrifying incident.
"Our detectives come out, our investigators come out. They take the report, they immediately get on the case, but then what are you left with? Your home, you are in your home. You feel violated. This way, we can come out and help you mentally. We can walk with you through your home. We can show you things you may not have thought of."
Watrel said the sheriff's office would not have been able to afford the equipment and manpower to conduct these surveys without the federal government's help. It just would not have been included in the budget, so the sheriff's office is grateful.
They are offering this service to people who have not been victimized, but would like to prevent burglaries by adding additional layers of security at their home. Anyone who would like a free burglary assessment should call the Orange County Sheriff's Office at 407-254-7433.