North Salt Lake’s Uniting Neighbors Committee is giving residents that opportunity with their “Perpetrator’s Perspective” presentation, set for Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the council chamber at North Salt Lake City Hall.
The presentation will feature a discussion with a former “perpetrator” focused on helping residents to safeguard their homes and vehicles, as well as a question and answer situation.
“He’s reformed, and is willing to come to offer his perspective on what sort of things other perpetrators are looking for,” said North Salt Lake City Council member Stewart Harman, who helped organize the presentation.
“We’re hoping that the presentation will help residents understand a little better what they can do to protect themselves and their homes.”
Though there’s no sure way to keep yourself from being the victim of a crime, the city hopes that this look at the criminal’s perspective will help residents increase their chances of staying safe.
“He’ll talk about what a perpetrator considers an easier target, for example,” said Harman. “It helps give people better information about what they should be doing.”
North Salt Lake Police Chief Craig Black has been in contact with the speaker, whose name has not yet been released, and recommended him for the presentation.
Black will also be on hand for residents to speak to during the question and answer session, and the city’s gang enforcement officer will likely be there as well. The former “perpetrator” will stay to answer safety- and security-related questions as well.
The presentation is sponsored by the city’s Uniting Neighbors Committee, a North Salt Lake-based group who is focused on encouraging and improving neighborhood watch programs, emergency preparedness, and city beautification.
The decision to focus on the first aspect for their January meeting came in part, said Harman, due to a slight increase in vehicle and home burglaries in the city over the last several months.
Another reason for the presentation is to give residents a closer look at the Uniting Neighbors Committee itself. The group, which meets monthly, always encourages attendance from residents.
“We want them to understand a little more of what it’s all about,” said Harman. “Hopefully, that will inspire them to get a little more involved.”