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Special Report: Safest town in Putnam County

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A total of three uniformed men and women make up the entire police force in Eleanor, WV.

It’s all the town needs.

After all, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office says Eleanor is one of the safest towns in the county.

Chief Tracy Landis of the Eleanor Police Department says her force only handles about 25 calls a month, mostly for false alarms and lock outs. Some folks in the community say they can’t even remember the last time they heard of a serious crime occurring in town.

13 News asked Landis and Eleanor residents what their secrets are to fostering such a safe community. Here are their answers:

Get teens involved: Eleanor councilman Cam Clendenin says he thinks community safety starts with young folks. His advice? Get children and teens involved in community-oriented clubs like boy and girl scouts, 4-H programs and little league. Clendenin says if you get kids involved in these types of organizations, they’ll learn to respect their town and property crime could go down.

Open police communication: Eleanor residents say getting ahold of the police in Eleanor is relatively easy. Clendenin says even with minor problems, all he has to do is text or call Chief Landis and one of her officers or a deputy arrives in minutes. Landis says the best way to achieve this open communication is for chiefs and officers to go out in the community, learn residents by name and become approachable.

Look out for one another: Clendenin says it’s important for neighbors to not only watch over each other’s homes, pets and property while they’re away on vacation. This step could decrease the likelihood of a robbery or help police stop a burglary in progress.

Encourage pride: As simple as it may sound, both Clendenin and Landis say fostering a sense of pride in your community is one of the best and easiest ways to help cut down on crime in your town.

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