08/03/09 — Taking a stand: Controlling crime in a city has to start with new laws

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Taking a stand: Controlling crime in a city has to start with new laws

Fremont officials have the right idea -- if you want to control drugs and crime in your city, the first thing you have to do is make sure there is a law that allows police to check for offenders.

And in Fremont, that means keeping a closer eye on those who are in parts of town they are not supposed to be in, at times when they shouldn't be on the streets.

The town's much-stricter loitering policy will give law enforcement officials the bite they need to check those who choose to wander around the streets and who are likely up to no-good.

Now, this news will not sit well with some groups. It might even fuel a few calls that Fremont officers are using racial profiling to harass residents.

But the truth is that anyone who wanders around town -- and is in an area that is known to be haunted by drug dealers and other criminals -- deserves to be profiled as a potential law breaker, no matter what color he or she is.

Fremont officials know they have issues to address with regard to public safety in their community. Just like many other areas, drugs and crime are serious concerns.

So rather than just wait for the crimes to happen, they are taking a proactive approach -- one that will keep residents safe and put a real crimp in the drug trade in their community.

That is what responsible town leaders do -- set their sights on what is best for the residents, not what is politically correct.

We will see how it goes, but if the rule holds true, Fremont should be a much safer place come 2010.

Published in Editorials on August 3, 2009 11:10 AM