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See Something Say Something

By: City of Bondurant
Date Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Do you know how to report suspicious activity?

How observant are you?

Across the country, in our communities, we share everyday moments with our neighbors, family, coworkers, and friends.  We go to work or school, the grocery store, or the gas station.  It's easy to overlook these routine moments, but as you’re going about your day if you see something that doesn't seem quite right, say something.  By being alert and reporting suspicious activity to your local law enforcement you can protect your family, neighbors, and community.

See Something Say Something: 

Bondurant City Hall: 515-967-2418

Polk County Sherriff's non-emergency number: 515-286-3333

Emergency: 911

This brings up the topic of vandalism. It is a constant problem and combating it has, over the years, absorbed the time and energy of an enormous number of people.

Four different approaches to the prevention and control of vandalism are education; social programs; the actions of the criminal justice system; and opportunity reduction. Key findings are:

  • Publicity on its own is not effective in preventing vandalism;
  • More subtle approaches aimed at building up social responsibility by showing children the consequences of their vandalism may be effective in reducing damage caused accidentally;
  • The criminal justice system's role in preventing vandalism is limited by the fact that so much damage goes unreported, and that it is often very difficult to identify the offenders in those incidents which are reported to the police;
  • Making targets less vulnerable particularly through increased surveillance appears to have measurable effects, especially if the offender believes that it leads to immediate reprisal.