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Discussion on crime to continue at another public forum

The conversation about crime on Vashon that began at a community forum this week will continue next week at another public meeting devoted to discussing the growing number of burglaries and home invasions on the Island.

Dan O'Brien, who organized Monday's crime forum, planned the next meeting, on Thursday, Oct. 28, to coincide with the regular meeting of the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council's public safety committee.

O'Brien said he heard that many Islanders appreciated this week's meeting, but felt it wasn't enough. “I think we made a start in the first meeting,” he said. “I want to continue the discussion.”

Sgt. Calvin Beringer will again attend the meeting and give those in attendance an update on the King County Sheriff's Office's investigation into the recent string of burglaries on Vashon. O'Brien said those who come will also continue to discuss crime prevention strategies.

O'Brien believes the meetings themselves will work to deter crime by making criminals aware that Islanders are committed to keeping Vashon safe.

“Right now we need to keep the pressure on and send a strong message to the community that we're not going to stand for this (crime). ... I wouldn't be surprised if these burglaries kind of stop because of it, without anyone going to jail. They're going to move on,” he said.

The second Vashon Says No to Crime meeting will be held at Vashon Island Fire and Rescue's main station on Bank Road at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28.

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