Pleasant Hill, Missouri            Wednesday,  December 17, 2014                ©2014 Pleasant Hill Times

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2014 Community of the Year

Missouri Community Betterment executive director Jan Simon (left) presents Pleasant Hill with a sign to be posted in town recognizing the city as MCB's 2014 community of the year in ceremonies held last Tuesday evening at City Hall. Pleasant Hill won Missouri Commonty Betterment's Gene Speihnger Community of the Year award at the annual MCB conference held in Columbia this October. Pleasant Hill also placed first in the Category IV division for larger communities ahead of second place Salem, third place Lamar and fourth place Clinton. Established in 1963, the Missouri Community Betterment program is designed to help Missouri communities enhance life through overall community development, planning and implementation. The MCB Program accomplishes that mission by lending technical assistance to communities and recognizing the participating cities and neighborhoods that excel in their betterment efforts. Pictured are (front row-from left) MCB executive director Jan Simon, youth leadership award winner Rachel Liley, former Pleasant Hill mayor Terry Wilson and Pleasant Hill Community Betterment board president Cliff Borgstadt.

Sheriff gives tips on burglary prevention

...The Cass County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene of two burglaries in the Belton community near 171st Street and Holmes Road on Friday, Dec. 12.
...In these burglaries and others around Cass County, the suspects usually approach the home during the day and knock on the door.
...If they encounter a homeowner the subject will engage the person with "small talk" and ask various questions about directions to a nearby town or highway or inquire about performing odd jobs around the house.
...The subjects will continue knocking on doors until they find a house where no one is home.
...The Cass County Sheriff's Office urges the public to be aware of their surroundings and to keep their doors locked and garage doors closed even when they are at home. The Sheriff's Office says that is particularly important at this time of year.
...The public is encouraged to contact the Cass County Sheriff's Office or their local police department to report any suspicious behavior in the neighborhood.
...Many people are making plans to be out of town for extended periods of time over the holiday season and the Sheriff's Office says homes are more susceptible to burglaries when the owners are away.
...While most people watch out for their neighbors, the Sheriff's Office offers a few other things people can to do to protect their homes while they are away.
...First, be discreet about going away to reduce the risk of burglars.
...Set timers, to make your house appear occupied.
...Lock your windows and doors.
...Leave spare keys and a contact number with someone you trust.
...If you're going to be away from home for some time, have the post office hold your mail.
...Stop newspaper deliveries and make arrangements for parcels to be picked up.
...If your car is alarmed, leave spare keys with a neighbor.
...The Cass County Sheriff's Office also provides a "House Watch." If you leave town, contact the Sheriff's Office at 380-5200 and have the following information ready:
...—Your name and address.
...—An Emergency number.
...—The date you're leaving and returning and the times.
...—If the mail and newspapers have been stopped,
...—What vehicles have been left in the garage or driveway and a description of them.
...—Lights that have been left on, where they are located and if they are on timers.
...—Anyone with permission to be on the property checking the house or pets.
...—And a local emergency contact name and phone number.
...This information is then disseminated to every deputy in the Sheriff's Office.
...That allows for Sheriff's deputies to check your house periodically while you are away to help give you an extra piece of mind while you are enjoying a well deserved vacation.
...The "House Watch" program typically increases during the summer and winter months, but the Sheriff's Office reminds homeowners it can be used anytime of the year.

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