NAPLES — Ever since thieves ransacked two company vehicles this summer, swiping about $13,000 in equipment, crime prevention has become a priority at Jones Air Conditioning and Electric.
The East Naples company’s staff soon might be getting more help from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office and a new computer program spreading across the nation.
Sheriff’s officials are working to install the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, or DDACTS, program, a federally sponsored system that overlays crime and traffic mapping data to show hot spots.
The program, which is expected to start later this month, already has identified three areas where increased police visibility could be used, including the East Naples Industrial Park home to Jones Air Conditioning and Electric.
“For them to implement something like this would be great,” said Jose Ochoa, marketing director for the air conditioning business. “The economy is horrible and crime rates are going up, so it would be a big help.”
The theory behind DDACTS is simple: Areas with high crime rates also tend to have high traffic crash rates. Map out where those areas are, then put more deputies in them during targeted times. The increased visibility deters crime and leads to more efficient traffic stops of reckless, drunken or criminal drivers.
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