Neighborhood Watch Program
Why should you be involved in Neighborhood Watch? Because studies
show that 7 out of 10 Americans do not even know who their neighbors
are. Because criminals find it easier to operate in neighborhoods
where people do not know each other, where a thief won’t have
to worry about someone calling the police since residents pay little
attention to what is going on around them.
What would you do if you saw a strange man climbing in your neighbor’s
window? Wheeling a bicycle out of their garage? Stealing things from
a parked car?
Neighborhood Watch asks you to be more aware of what’s happening
around you. Because you spend much more time in your neighborhood
then a patrol deputy ever could, you can play an important role in
preventing crime by keeping your eyes and ears open.
By staying alert and promptly reporting suspicious activities, you
could help prevent crimes and make your neighborhood a safer place
Neighborhood Watch is about sharing information. For instance, the
we ask that you share information with us by calling when you see
criminal or suspicious activity in your neighborhood. It’s
also a good idea that neighbors keep each other informed about vacations
or trips so you can watch out for each other’s homes while
you are away.
In return, we share information with you about what types of activity
are being reported in your area. We’ll tell you how to use
911 and tell you about some prevention techniques that can help protect
your property from theft, burglary and other crimes.
Neighborhood Watch is not about attending lots of meetings. Two
meetings, each about an hour long, is all it takes to get a watch
group started. These are informal get-togethers, usually held in
your neighborhood. After that, it's simply a matter of watching
out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood and calling the
police whenever you see something suspicious. The more people who
participate, the more effective the group is likely to be.
Neighborhood Watch is not a vigilante program. It does not give
any authority to people to act like police officers, take risks or
be heroes. It is not an excuse to poke noses in other people’s
business. It is an obligation to look out for each other as neighbors
and to inform the police whenever something is going on that seems
suspicious or out of the ordinary and may require investigation by
So, Neighborhood Watch isn’t a "law enforcement program."
It is a neighborhood program that asks ordinary people to do simple
things to improve the security of their neighborhood. It does not
come with any promises or guarantees, but it provides a way to get
involved and prevent crime if neighbors will simply agree to help
If this sounds like something you would like to start in your neighborhood,
please contact Sgt. James Lynch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime Prevention Tips
Theft from Motor Vehicles
Typically, young people go out at night, roam the streets, parking
lots and driveways, climb into parked vehicles and steal whatever
they can find. Coins, CDs, sunglasses, maybe a wallet or purse.
What can you do?
1. When parking vehicles outside, always lock the doors. These
potential thieves generally don’t have the skills or the
patience to unlock a door. This is a crime of opportunity.
2. Store anything valuable out of sight. Park in a locked garage
if you can. Put all valuables in the trunk, under a seat or blanket.
Note to parents: Most of these thefts are committed by juveniles.
If your son/daughter can not tell you exactly where the new CD/sunglasses,
etc., came from, please find out. These thefts are not an innocent
pastime, they are a crime.