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Lack of police presence

By Tom Clark

 

(This letter was sent to Vermont Governor James Douglas, the town of Fayston, the Vermont State Police, local sheriff's deputy Peter Laskowski and local state representatives incumbent and incoming).

Dear Governor Douglas;

On Monday, November 10, 2008, my small building business became a victim of a significant theft. I also believe I was victimized by a lack of police presence in our Mad River Valley and the Vermont State Police being short staffed. My cargo trailer and the tools inside were stolen from our job site on Route 17 in Fayston sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, and 6:45 a.m. on Monday, November 10.

By Tom Clark 

 

 

(This letter was sent to Vermont Governor James Douglas, the town of Fayston, the Vermont State Police, local sheriff's deputy Peter Laskowski and local state representatives incumbent and incoming).<D>

Dear Governor Douglas;

On Monday, November 10, 2008, my small building business became a victim of a significant theft. I also believe I was victimized by a lack of police presence in our Mad River Valley and the Vermont State Police being short staffed. My cargo trailer and the tools inside were stolen from our job site on Route 17 in Fayston sometime between 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 9, and 6:45 a.m. on Monday, November 10.  

Both doors of the trailer and the hitch mechanism were padlocked for security measures. Immediately upon learning of this crime (at approximately 6:50 a.m.) I called the Vermont State Police in Middlesex to report this very upsetting incident. Due to the short staffing of the Vermont State Police they were unable to contact me until 2 p.m. the same day and then finally were able to come to the site at around 3 p.m. The Vermont Sate Police are doing the best they can under the circumstances, but they need to be given the proper resources to do their job in order to respond to a crime scene in a timely manner. They need to be able get information efficiently and to get the word out to other law enforcement officers and agencies to look for stolen property. In my case and most others I'm sure, they need the time to communicate and follow up with victims such as myself to ensure that everything possible is being done.

I believe the Mad River Valley and the whole state of Vermont may be in for some tough times with increased crime. If we had more police protection, whether it is the Vermont Sate Police or other law enforcement presence in our Valley, this may help deter crime. With an increased presence in our area they may be more readily available to respond to our needs more quickly.

I have heard that many people do not want more police presence as they don't want to be given a speeding ticket or stopped for DUI. I believe if you are abiding by the law you have nothing to worry about. Whether it is the Vermont State Police or another law enforcement officer that makes the stop, each individual must remember that the officer is doing their job and everyone is responsible for the choices they make.

I am feeling extremely violated as a result of this crime. I am concerned that it may take many more robberies and crimes for other people to feel violated in the same way before anything is done, but I hope this is not the case.  

In conclusion, we need more police presence in the Mad River Valley to help deter those who wish to commit crimes against others and to keep this community a safe and enjoyable place to live. It is going to take many governmental agencies from town officials and community members up to the state level to come together to resolve this issue in a creative and effective manner. Many community members' livelihoods depend largely on the tourists who come to our Valley. I hope this can be resolved sooner rather than later.

 

Tom Clark

Clark lives in Fayston.


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