Alpine Township hosted an Armed Robbery Awareness workshop Tuesday evening that was attended by 25 owners, managers and employees of businesses located on or near Alpine Ave. The meeting was conducted by Alex Arends who is a former president of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan, and continues to maintain his membership in the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners, and Sgt. David Kok, who heads the Kent County Sheriff's Community Services Department. The emphasis was on employee and customer safety and attendees also received tips on how to make their establishment less attractive to robbers, as well as conduct during and after a robbery.
There has been an recent increase in the number of armed robberies that occurred along Alpine Ave. It is believed, however, that all of them have been solved and suspects arrested with the help of information provided by alert victims and citizens.