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TAKING a cue from the highly successful Neighborhood Watch program, businesses in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.
, the cities of San Fernando San Fernando, city, Argentina
San Fernando (săn fərnăn`dō), city (1991 pop. 144,761), Buenos Aires prov., E Argentina. It is a district administrative center in the Greater Buenos Aires area.
, Burbank and Glendale are joining forces to crack down on crime.

The Business Watch group is a great idea that will help improve safety in and near the businesses that participate. A safer climate, free of prostitutes, petty thieves and panhandlers, and devoid de·void  
Completely lacking; destitute or empty: a novel devoid of wit and inventiveness.

[Middle English, past participle of devoiden,
 of graffiti graffiti

Form of visual communication, usually illegal, involving the unauthorized marking of public space by an individual or group. Technically the term applies to designs scratched through a layer of paint or plaster, but its meaning has been extended to other markings.
 will attract more customers.

The latest Business Watch program, organized by the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, is based on one set up six years ago on Sepulveda Boulevard. That group, which has grown to 400 members, painted curbs red to deter cars from stopping to pick up prostitutes, cleaned up buildings and improved landscaping.

Along the way, the business owners have formed relationships with police officers, who have instructed the merchants on when to call 911 and how to assist in the apprehension The seizure and arrest of a person who is suspected of having committed a crime.

A reasonable belief of the possibility of imminent injury or death at the hands of another that justifies a person acting in Self-Defense against the potential attack.
 of crooks. Recently, a fledgling group in Glendale helped capture a janitor accused of stealing computers.

This program proves we're all here to make the city safer, businesses flourish, tourists feel comfortable as they see the town and residents be unafraid to walk to the corner store at all times of the day.

We urge more business owners to consider joining an existing watch group or forming their own. For information, call the Economic Alliance at (818) 947-0709.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:Jul 12, 1999
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