Las Cruces Trash Operators Take on New Responsibility
POSTED: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 5:56pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 6:26pm
Solid Waste drivers in Las Cruces are doing more than just their usual duties.
They were recently trained by a police officer, but you'll never guess what their newest responsibility is.
Every week you see the trucks come through your neighborhood.
Just as much as you recognize the truck, and know their schedules, they know your habits as well.
Now, trash collectors in Las Cruces are doing much more than keeping the city clean. They are keeping the city safe.
Solid Waste brought in a police officer to train their drivers on how to identify and report potential crimes.
A local resident , Mitchell Hines, said he thought this was a great idea.
"The guys drive through here every week so they have a good idea of who should be here and who shouldn't or what is normal," Hines said. "If they see something out of place I think that's great it's a very good thing for the city."
Solid Waste drivers like Wade White have learned to look out for unusual activity.
He said he looks for wide open doors, people looking in windows and even suspicious looking cars that are driving by slowly.
Officials say most break-ins happen during the day while people are at work.
Klaus Kemmer is the Solid Waste Operations Administrator and he said that he wanted to start this program because of the increase in break-ins in Las Cruces neighborhoods.
"Our Solid Waste crews are out there from 6 o'clock in the morning, until 1 or 2 o'clock in the afternoon so that's a good time to be driving around and checking things out," Kemmer said.
The idea actually came from a resident who read about it in another city.
Solid Waste is hoping that new neighborhood watch program could catch criminals and perhaps even prevent crime.