On March 28, 2023, Asheville Police Department Chief David Zack presented a crime update to City Council.
In his presentation, the Chief stressed that, despite a deficit of resources, APD continues to deploy officers to respond to various types of crime.
Property crime, defined as burgalry, larceny-theft, mtor vehicle theft, and arson according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reproting program, dropped in Asheville nearly 5-percent from 2021 to 2022.
Public safety, including crime prevention, remains a priority not only for City staff and Council members, but for our community as a whole. Community Engagement officers, like Lt. Brien Griffin, often share tips with community businesses and commerical property owners steps that can be taken to protect their investment – simple pratices that could benefit your home and family as well.
If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of your local community enagement meetings: here are some tips . A full list is available on the City of Asheville website.
Steps to Prevent and Reduce Crime
- Lighting – Well-lit areas can deter offenders
- Doors, Windows and Locks- make sure windows and locks are in good repair
- Cameras – Doorbell cameras can also be a good option
- Alarm Systems – installation of an alarm system can offer many benefits and can be a deterrent
- Interior Prevention – take measures to secure cash, safes, and other valuables on premise
- Business Watch – Participate in or create an area Business Watch to facilitate information sharing between businesses and police
Want more information?
You can always contact the APD Community Engagement Divsion at: email@example.com or 828.271.6145