POSTED: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 4:53pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 4:58pm
The town of Rancho Viejo has recently introduced a new alert network that officials say will greatly benefit the community.
"I thought it would be a good system to implement here to keep our public not only involved, but informed as well," said Rancho Viejo Mayor, Roberto Medrano.
Medrano had thought about the alert system for quite some time but didn't put it into action until last november.
"So far we have about 70 people who have registered."
Once registered, residents will receive an alert via email or text message. The alert network works to provide communication between law enforcement and the public.
"That's where this will come in handy. It would alert the residents out there and they could be those second set of eyes for the police department," said Medrano.
"Anything that can benefit a community and communication is always good," said Rancho Viejo resident, Amy Tygrett.
The network system provides the residents with updates about crime within the community, public safety concerns, emergencies, town meetings and other important information.
"Vandalism, crime reports, anything going on, hurricane warnings, anything going on that I could possibly know to benefit me for safety reasons," said Tygrett.
The mayor says it's an inexpensive way to keep the community safe.
"We have about 2,400 residents in rancho viejo, the system is costing us about 1,800 dollars a year. So, that's less than a dollar per resident, per year."
Officials hope more will join the network to participate.