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My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

My Town: 7 tips to protect your home from spring break predators

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With spring break fast approaching, many West Michigan families are fine-tuning their travel plans—and so are thieves.

Most West Michigan schools will be out of session April 3-10, so families can take a vacation.  East Grand Rapids Public Safety Director Mark Herald says this is the time homeowners need to step up safety measures.  Herald shares seven ways to make your home less attractive to thieves:

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

My Town: West Michigan's safest and most dangerous places

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the safest cities in Michigan, according to a new analysis by Value Penguin.

East Grand Rapids ranked fifth among midsize cities and 16th overall.  Value Penguin based its rankings on FBI crime statistics collected in 2013.  The group excluded towns with populations less than 5,000. Value Penguin then compared crimes in the remaining cities per capita, giving more weight to violent crimes than property crimes. 

The West Michigan communities that came in above the state average for crimes included Spring Lake-Ferrysburg (No. 28), Rockford (No. 45), Zeeland (No. 56), Belding (No. 80) and Grand Haven (No. 118).

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

My Town: 10 ways to protect yourself while shopping

KENTWOOD, Mich.—As the busiest shopping day of the year approaches, police are offering 10 ways to protect yourself and your vehicle from thieves.

 

Help Eliminate Auto Thefts (H.E.A.T.) works with Michigan law enforcement agencies to track down suspected car thieves and those suspected of auto theft-related insurance fraud.    Shoppers are encouraged to follow these tips:

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

My Town: West Michigan home to three of most dangerous Mich. places

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.—West Michigan is home to three of the 10 most dangerous places in the state, according to Movoto Real Estate.

The company based its rankings on cities with populations of 10,000 or more that also ranked high in murder, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes, based on the 2012 FBI Uniform Crime Report.  Flint topped the list, followed by Benton Harbor, Detroit, Highland Park, Muskegon Heights, Harper Woods, Inkster, Flint Township, Ypsilanti and Kalamazoo. Grand Rapids came in at No. 16, Holland ranked 26th,  Walker took 32nd place, Grandville ranked 41st, Norton Shores landed at No. 42, Kalamazoo Township was 45th and Grand Haven came in at No. 50 among the 102 qualified communities.  To see the entire list, visit Movoto’s website here.

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

My Town: May 15 ceremony honors officers killed on duty

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A Walker police officer killed while trying to stop two robbers is among the nearly three dozen officers who will be honored during the Police Memorial Day of Service ceremony Thursday, May 15.

The memorial will begin at 10 a.m. inside the Grand Rapids Police Department lobby, due to the weather.  Dave Hiller, the executive director of the Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, will be the guest speaker at the event. Those who will be honored are:

My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

My Town Grand Haven: Play confronts the violence of rape in society today

 

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - Local playwright Walter (Mac) Davis,  who had written, directed and starred last year in his Emily Dickens play, "Aberration of Starlight", has written another work- a more emotional piece titled "Every Six Minutes Violence" presented on Thursday, April 24 at the Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue.

Davis’s play brings light to the fact that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. He believes his play provides a painful self-analysis of the violent act of rape to women in today’s society.

“'Every Six Minutes' is an attempt to create a work of art as its title identifies a primary fact: in the U.S. today,  a woman is raped every six minutes-and this statistic reflects only reported rapes,” said Davis.

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

Discount available for Katty Shack 5K Jan. 15

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—  In honor of the upcoming “Celebrate Law Day”, the Ottawa County courts are offering a discount on an upcoming run this Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Participants of the Katty Shack 5K Memorial Run/Walk can save $5 on the $20 registration fee by signing up at the Grand Haven Days Inn Wednesday, between noon and 6 p.m.  Those who register that day will also be entered into a giveaway contest which includes a Grand Haven hotel package, movie gift certificates, food and a restaurant gift card.

The Katty Shack 5K honors those affected by violent crime.  The run was created in honor of four people murdered in September 2008 in Wright Township: Katherine Brown (nicknamed "Katty Shack"); and Jeremy, Tyler and Sharmaine Zimmer. Proceeds from the event will go to the Crime Victim Foundation of Michigan.