CITY OF LEBANON COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
POINT OF CONTACT: Derek Gean
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Night Watch Program begins to pay off
Less than a month after implementation, the Lebanon Police Department's Night Watch Program is already paying off for Lebanon's businesses.
In the early morning hours of Aug. 22, Lebanon Police Sgt. Mat Brown scared off a suspect that had unlawfully entered a fenced-in area of LSK Lebanon on North Jefferson Street. The suspect can be seen prowling the area in a surveillance video.
Viewers can then observe Brown's spotlight shining into the area and the suspect can be seen crouching before fleeing the scene.
According to Det. Sgt. Kaci Springer, entering the fenced-in area of the business classifies the crime as second-degree burglary.
"This is the first time we have received video footage of a criminal act taking place where the subject was scared off after the extra patrol of a business was taking place," Springer said.
Though the LPD has always patrolled area businesses, Chief Randy Halstead decided it was time step-up the department's efforts in providing enhanced protection. Officers now regularly patrol city businesses and leave flyers on the door to make owners aware of the extra security.
"We decided it was time to provide our business owners with the knowledge that their facilities were being patrolled," Springer said. "We want to promote positive communication and understanding between law enforcement and the community’s businesses. So far we have received a lot of positive feedback and appreciation for the implementation of this program."
Springer said there is no need for businesses to enroll in the program, as officers are patrolling the whole city. She said the LPD encourages all business owners to make sure their address is visible on the front and back side of the facility and ensure the area is well lit to help officers locate the business during an emergency.
"Also, please make sure the police department has current after-hours business contact information in case of emergency," Springer said.
The suspect in the LSK Lebanon surveillance video has not been apprehended, and the case is under investigation by Det. Brandy Christman. If you have any information, contact Christman or the LPD at 417.532.3131.
The city of Lebanon, Missouri is the county seat of Laclede County. Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Lebanon is also considered the “Boat Capital of the World.” Nearby Bennett Springs State Park draws in thousands of visitors each year. Lebanon is home to great shopping, dining and other recreational opportunities. Follow the city of Lebanon on Facebook and Twitter at @CityofLebanonMO.