Reported by: Brittany Shaw
Could there be a connection between high grass and high crime?
Christopher Cooke, with the Dalton Police Department, says there is.
"We're not talking a half an inch too high, but just unkept and the goal is to improve the community and to improve the safety of the community," Cooke says.
The idea that cleaning up the community and crime at the same time comes from what's called The Broken Windows theory.
"If the neighborhood looks like it's rough then people will come into the neighborhood and commit crimes," Cooke says.
"With the deterioration of the property itself, criminals feel more comfortable in those areas that people aren't taking care of their property and they're more comfortable committing crime in that property," Cochran says.
Cochran says abandoned homes and buildings can be hide-outs for vagrants and criminals.
But the city's inspection checklist notes sagging rooflines, piles of trash, and of course broken windows as attributes that could symbolize an 'open door' to would-be criminals.
That's why, Cochran says, the code enforcement is already off to a running start.
Now patrol officers can notify Code Enforcement Officer Chris Cochran who can identify and investigate potential hot spots for crime.
"People picking trash up out of their yard, and inoperable cars on the road and stuff like that, those changes will come around quickly," Cochran says.
Cooke says it's always better to be proactive than reactive.
"All of this has a positive impact. Our main focus is the safety of the community," Cooke says.
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Attached is a guidance document regarding the review and approval of development Plans. It is the responsibility of the developer and/or engineer to obtain the most current criteria required for development projects, as development requirements are updated regularly. Relevant documents include the Dalton-Whitfield Development Regulations, Landscaping Ordinance, Sign Ordinance, and Zoning Ordinance. This material is available on the Whitfield County Government website, http://www.whitfieldcountyga.com/ and can also be obtained in hard copy from the Whitfield County Planning & Development Department, located at 301 West Crawford Street, Dalton, Georgia. You may also find this information on the website of each participating organization.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please call Andrew Carnes, Alex Stall or Elyse Cochran at the Dalton-Whitfield County Joint Development Authority (www.locationdalton.com) at 706.278.7373.