Local businessmen have told the city administration that they want better law enforcement.
Dale Lund, owner of Main Street Auto, told the City Council that the business community wants more patrol activity at night. Bruce Nell, owner of Nell's Motor, said that stepped-up patrol in the late hours would deter criminal activity.Lund and Nell were two of several businessmen who expressed concern about what they considered inadequate police protection.
The complaints followed costly break-ins and vandalism at Main Street firms recently.
Nell said that vandals had smashed glass, damaged interiors and ruined fixtures on six automobiles in his lot. He estimated the damage at $20,000.
And two local youths allegedly confessed to six break-ins of local firms after being arrested late at night in Jensen's Department Store.
The two are now awaiting a juvenile court hearing.
After a lengthy discussion of the situation, the businessmen and the administration agreed that three steps should be taken immediately.
Burglaries and break-ins would be reported to the media promptly as a way of deterrence and increasing public awareness, nighttime patrol activity should be stepped up and the contract with Sanpete County should be evaluated as to its effectiveness in providing Manti with effective law enforcement.