Protect America staff recently joined with community leaders, safety advocates and city council members to support victims of crime in the San Antonio area. Councilman Alan E. Warrick II announced the proposal of a bill that will waive city alarm permit fees for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and stalking. In an interview with News Radio WOAI, Warrick explained, “We need to remove any barriers that might make it harder for a crime victim or a woman under a protective order to have a home security system installed. This is a common sense step that will give peace of mind and enhanced personal protection to San Antonio families.”
Councilman Warrick’s consideration request for the bill details the issue:
“Every possible measure should be taken to ensure that victims are protected from further acts of violence. After having the courage to report these crimes, victims should have every tool at their disposal to protect themselves and their family from further acts of violence. Victim’s advocacy groups throughout the nation recommend the installation of a monitored home security system.”
Standing Up and Speaking Out
Safety advocates from a variety of backgrounds stood together to advocate on behalf of those affected by domestic violence and other crimes. They included the Executive Director of the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the community about the dangers of domestic violence and its consequences. Also present was a representative from ChildSafe, an advocacy center that provides expert care to children traumatized by abuse. All voices spoke of the need to focus more on these societal problems and those affected.
Tim Krebs, a community liaison for Protect America, reiterated the usefulness of home security technology and what it could mean to victims of a previous crime. “Take, for instance, wireless security systems that can be easily moved to a new residence or key chain panic buttons that summon help immediately without the grace period of an alarm,” said Krebs. “Even smartphone apps are working with home security systems to give citizens the power and assurance to always know what is happening at their homes.”
Taking Back Freedom
“To a victim of crime, a security system isn’t just pieces of equipment and a wireless web of signals and data,” said Krebs. “It is a way to take back their freedom. Freedom from fear that eats away at their quality of life. We’re grateful that the city of San Antonio, with its rich culture and history of family values, is exploring new ways to invest in its citizens and stand in solidarity with the victims of crime.”
Protect America thanks community leaders and those in the public sphere who advocate on behalf of those affected by crime. They inspire us all to do the right thing, help each other, and inspire others in the process. Together, we can make a difference.