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Ogden launches plan to cut down on crime

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OGDEN — Ogden has launched a four-point plan to help residents reduce crime in their neighborhoods.

The plan involves activation of a new telephone number, 399-HELP (4357), through which citizens are encouraged to report non-emergency crime information or concerns and receive live help. All such calls will have a live follow-up call to relay what action the city will be taking.

In addition, Neighborhood Watch Mobile Patrols are being encouraged and organized. Interested residents can receive training and equipment (night vision camera and cell phone) to help in patrolling their own communities.

"The quickest and most effective way for us to lower crime is for citizens to become engaged in the process," said Ogden Police Chief Jon Greiner. "We believe these new programs will make it easier for people to provide the help we need, and we know they are willing to make a difference."

Mayor Matthew Godfrey has pushed for the use of a single phone number as a resource. The new telephone number will be available to any resident in the Ogden city limits.

More information is available at www.ogdencity.com.