There are many benefits of living in a community such as Bartow. Yes, I have talked about this before, but sometimes we tend to forget some of the little things until something happens. Living in a city has benefits that are designed primarily to enhance the quality of life for the residents and to provide safety and security. Having a full-time police and fire department provides the emergency response in our city today to meet these goals.
By having emergency services stationed right here in the city, you expect a faster response when you need help. Public safety officials, like me, will tell you that is the ultimate goal. A faster response equals a better chance of saving a life, or catching the bad guy.
Your emergency responders in the City of Bartow are all quite familiar with the area, and know many people by name and address. That information does not remain static forever though. People relocate, get married, sell their house or change businesses. Therefore, the only information that is reliable for a quick emergency response is ‘house numbers.’
The City of Bartow’s Property Improvement Ordinance of 2012, number 304.3 requires all houses, businesses and structures that are assigned addresses to display those addresses in a specific way. The identification of your property must be: numbers that are plainly visible in the front and from the road, in contrasting colors 3 inches high and ½ inch wide. This seems like a lot, but for about $2 you can be in compliance.
Instances sometimes occur which have forced this topic to the forefront of my attention which is why I am bringing it to yours. This city comes across these properties from time to time, and it is a big deal. When you dial 9-1-1 you need a response. Your response time could be negatively affected if we have to look for you. Take the time and put your numbers up according to the Code.
If you are in need of a crime prevention survey, a security survey or just want to know what you could be doing better to enhance your safety, don’t hesitate to call. We would be glad to assist you in any way we can. You can reach our Community Services Section at 863-534-5034.