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Protecting our community

January 24, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

Webster City leaders are looking at two forward-thinking measures to help improve the safety of our community.

Last week, the City Council passed the first reading of a social hosting ordinance which would hold accountable those who allow underage people to consume alcohol at parties, gatherings and events. While this measure likely won't eliminate the problem of underage drinking, it certainly gives local law enforcement the teeth to crack down on these types of events where underage drinking occurs.

The nationally-known Crime Stoppers program or a similar undertaking could also have a tremendous effect on the number of crimes solved in Hamilton County. Burglaries in Webster City have increased in the past year, as have the number of meth lab investigations. The community can take an active role in helping to keep Webster City a better place to live by stepping forward to report suspicious activity. As law enforcement officials pointed out, in order for the program to work, it takes a united front of police, businesses and citizens.

The Daily Freeman-Journal enthusiastically supports both of these proposed measures.



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