‘Preventing Opportunistic Crimes’ to be topic of Jan. 9 CONA meeting

Session to begin at 7 p.m. at Sarasota Garden Club

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On Monday, Jan. 9, the public is invited to join members of the Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) for a discussion about how to prevent many of the opportunistic crimes that have become common in the community, the organization has announced.

The session will begin at 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Garden Club in Sarasota.

“Two speakers will address these preventable crimes that happen so frequently — and how to bring about a change — by altering common habits and behaviors,” a news release says.

Officer Cherie McKeon, who has spent many years as the Sarasota Police Department liaison to neighborhoods, will provide a detailed presentation on the most effective ways to prevent many crimes that may plague communities,” the release says.

Kathy Kelley Ohlrich, retiring chair of the Sarasota Coalition of City Neighborhoods (CCNA), “will present information about her experience in combating opportunistic crimes in her former New Jersey community, where she was an elected official,” the release adds.

The Sarasota Garden Club is located at 1131 Boulevard of the Arts. It may be reached from the Van Wezel Way intersection with U.S. 41; it is south of the Municipal Auditorium. A social at 6:30 p.m. will precede the meeting, the release notes.

See www.conasarasota.org/meetings.html for more about CONA.