To the Editor:

I’m writing this letter I am referencing the article, “Fresh batch of burglaries spark concern” recently written by Hot Springs Star editor John D. Taylor (story was posted online last week and in print this week).

There is a significant percentage of Hot Springs residents using canes and walking sticks (including me). I would like to propose that we conduct a search for an instructor who can present a series of hands-on workshops for us in the community on “How to use your cane / stick to protect yourself and ward off criminals.”

Let’s not be easy targets!

Neonila ‘Augusta’ Martyniuk, Hot Springs

To the Editor:

Here we go again! On Saturday night to Sunday last (Aug. 26, 27), 24 vehicles were broken into with two of them being stolen. This makes 40 burglaries in our community during the past three months.

What are the Hot Springs Police doing about it?

After the first string of burglaries they assigned two officers to midnights and made one arrest, nothing to do with the burglaries. Now we are back to one officer on overnights. Where were the police that evening while 24 vehicles were burglarized? This is simply unacceptable. I am a citizen of the community and pay taxes along with all of you and we simply are not being protected.

A basic concept taken for granted is that when we sleep we are safe in this community. Are we? Evidently not! Do the officers have a mandatory mileage log where and when they were patrolling?

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Having been a law enforcement officer for many years myself, I understand they cannot be everywhere at one time, but we have a severe problem that will only worsen if suspects are not apprehended soon.

Who is to blame for this occurring again? The city council and police department as they have not taken an aggressive enough proactive approach to keeping our citizens safe from these criminals.

I urge they take a step back from their “business as usual” approach, and formulate and execute a plan to rid us of the people who wish to do criminal acts in our community.

Jeff Shannon

Hot Springs

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