UPDATE: This event is not free. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased via the link below.
The Orange County Community Conference will take place on Saturday, October 5 from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, and is one of the best ways for community organizers, makers, and instigators to learn ways to improve their neighborhoods.
One of the speakers, Jason Reynolds in the Orange County Neighborhood Services Division (and Bungalower Buddy), will share his thoughts on the concept of reducing crime through environmental design. Reynolds holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.
Reynolds’ presentation, Simple Crime Prevention Techniques to Keep Your Home and Neighborhood Safe, is built on the National Crime Prevention Institute concept of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, which highlights how proper design and effective use of the built environment leads to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime and an improvement of quality of life.
“Criminals will go elsewhere because your home, neighborhood or business is a deterrent to them,” explained Reynolds. “They’re opportunistic, and they’re looking for easy targets. If you make it hard for them, they’ll go somewhere else, thus displacing crime.”
Reynolds asserts that many of these crime prevention measures are based on common sense, and he stresses how simply knowing your neighbors and adding landscaping and lighting in your yard can deter the bad guys.
“The goal of the presentation is to let people know these things can be done effectively on a small scale,” he said. “People should realize they are truly empowered to improve their communities and make them safer.”
Reynolds will be giving his presentation at the
free annual Orange County Community Conference on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Orange County Convention Center, North Concourse. The conference, which focuses on how residents can get more involved in their local government, will include presentations, workshops, and a luncheon.
Tickets are $10 and you can click HERE to register and secure your space at the conference.