Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

Letters to the Editor

February 20, 2010

Trespassers beware


Many people cross at this location every day, so if indeed this is an issue our law enforcement deems important, we have a major criminal trespassing problem here in Pauls Valley.

Perhaps however it is just a case of police boredom. Had that officer driven the four blocks down to the intersection of East Ave., Coffee Ave., Locust Street and Jefferson he might have caught one of the many speeders that regularly run the stop sign there endangering the many children in this area.

If that same officer had looked at the parking lot at Homeland grocery, he would have seen one of the many in this area who regularly drive on the “donut” spare which is not only illegal, it is dangerous to all drivers on the same road.

Instead of working to reduce crimes and violations that have a real impact on the public safety, this officer chose to force one old man to walk several blocks out of his way (bad back and all) so he could prove to this potential lawbreaker he was doing his job.

As a final hedge against officer boredom, maybe a severe budget cut would help.

Fewer bored cops cruising around would mean the ones left would perhaps have time to concentrate on REAL crime enforcement and evoke a small amount of common sense in the process.

Finally, if in fact, the trespassing law is a real concern to law enforcement in Pauls Valley, we need to install a proper pedestrian crossing at this location. The well established trail shows the apparent need for a “legal” crossing and the trespassing crime reduction will more than justify any cost.

Otherwise, place barriers and signs clearly stating the law and warning all unsuspecting trespassers.

This would relieve law enforcement the need of a 24/7 patrol and surveillance of this high crime area.

Richard Dunham

Pauls Valley

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