Back to Normal: The Success of the MetroWest "Zero Tolerance on Crime Program" in Orlando, FL

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One initiative at a time, things are getting back to normal for MetroWest, a master planned community in South West Orlando.

MetroWest in Orlando, FL

MetroWest in Orlando, FL

The results of the “Zero Tolerance on Crime Program” has been paying dividends to this point. As the momentum continues to grow, Metro West will reclaim it’s name as one of Orlando’s most prestigious communities.

Over the last few years, the overall growth of the South West Orlando community resulted in a sudden spike in the crime rate, causing the community to take a hit on it’s reputation. The instances of crime reached its peak back in 2007, but since the implementation of MetroWest’s “Zero Tolerance on Crime Program” around that time, the occurrences of crime in the beautifully maintained planned community has diminished. One of the biggest pushes to rid crime in the area was when residents and board members of the MetroWest master planned community took action to get an Orlando Police substation within MetroWest.

In addition, back in August of this year, Orlando Police began a video surveillance program that is being called IRIS, or “Innovative Response to Improve Safety.” The Orlando Police oversaw the installation of cameras in public areas throughout the community. The program was funded by the MetroWest Home Owners Association, and will allow police to monitor MetroWest remotely though laptops in cruisers or from Orlando police headquarters. Orlando Police Chief Val Demings described the MetroWest association’s willingness to fund the IRIS system as the ultimate example of the community’s partnership with law enforcement.

For years before the rise in instances of crime, MetroWest was considered one of Orlando’s most elite areas. The MetroWest Country Club is still regarded as one of Orlando’s best golf courses, and the landscaping has always remained immaculately cared for by the master association. The schools are primarily level A and B quality schools according to the Florida school grading system and includes both public and private schools as well.

The results of the “Zero Tolerance on Crime Program” has been paying dividends to this point. As the momentum continues to grow, Metro West will reclaim it’s name as one of Orlando’s most prestigious communities.

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