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Published:June 15th, 2009 14:03 EST
Prevent Crime: Plant A Flower

Prevent Crime: Plant A Flower

By Robert Paul Reyes


"A Tokyo district plagued with burglaries has turned to planting flowers to beautify its streets and help stamp out crime.

`Operation Flower` began about three years ago. By planting flowers facing the street, more people will be keeping an eye out while taking care of the flowers or watering them," said Kiyotaka Ohyagi, a Suginami City official.

The flowers are part of a wider crime prevention campaign. The district also has 9,600 volunteer patrollers and 200 security cameras set up in areas where there are frequent break-ins. It also emails crime information daily to residents." Reuters

By planting flowers not only will people be keeping an eye out while taking care of the flowers, but they might also get to know their neighbors who are also outside tending their plants. If neighbors get to know each other, they will be more likely to keep an eye on their neighbors` homes when they are away on vacation.

But flower power alone can`t cut down on burglaries, residents must also install security cameras and patrol their own neighborhoods. We must be pro-active and make our homes secure and safe. The police can`t be everywhere at the same time, and we can`t simply rely on them to protect our homes.

We have plenty of crime-ridden districts in this country, I hope flower power as crime prevention catches on in America. Certainly flowers are more aesthetically pleasing than bars on windows.