Orlo Vista, Florida (Orlando) -
All across the nation, Tuesday, August 7, 2012 was America's night out! It was a chance for neighbors and law enforcement to come together and stop crime.
"It's an opportunity for us to re-connect with neighborhoods. We are already connected but we get to become a little more personal and get to listen to some of their problems or issues they have going on in the neighborhood," said Sheriff Demmings of the Orange County Sheriff‘s Department. It’s all about Crime Prevention and the fact that so many of the residents of this small west Orange community aide us and support us in our efforts is astounding! The Orlo Vista United Safe Neighborhood and the Orlo Vista Chamber of Commerce are a force to be reckoned with in itself; combined with law enforcement, look out!
The recent restructuring of the Orlo Vista Chamber Board was much needed for the continued success and growth of this historical little community! We are excited and pleased with their accomplishments which have strengthened their ties with residents and local businesses. I encourage all residents to get involved as well as all local businesses who have chosen Orlo Vista as their place to live and do business!
Sheriff Demmings also stated that Orlo Vista is just one neighborhood where the crime stats have gone down. These days’ neighbors said all they worry about is the rare minor thefts. Not to make lite of a minor crime; a crime is a crime!
The mayor, who was invited and expected to attend, was not in attendance. This did indeed upset and cause some concern amongst some residents. The night was an opportunity to express residents concerns and their hopes for their much loved central Florida community.
Neighbors said the first step in dealing with crime concerns is to meet the person living next door and know who lives in the area.
"We have a lot of people in the neighborhood that walk around and jog, walk their dogs, etc. Take a moment to say hello, good morning, have a great day, said Dawn Barrera”, who recently moved to Orlo Vista.
Simply put, neighborhood crime and drug prevention boils down to neighbors being neighbors.
"If someone is out of town we try to keep an eye out on their house and not let the newspapers stack up and things like that," said Rosanna Urrutia who also lives in the community. We are so very proud to accept First Place Winner for Orange County in the NNO and are already planning for next year!