WHAT TO WATCH FOR
WHAT THE POLICE NEED TO KNOW
A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ISN'T JUST RESIDENTIAL
A WORD OF CAUTION
A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is an organized effort by concerned residents to look out for each other's safety, and to help law enforcement officers protect people and their homes against criminals. It shows people how to cooperate with each other, and with police, in a common cause -- safe homes and neighborhoods.
Working together, neighbors
learn how to safeguard each other's homes and reduce the risk of crime.
They become more alert to unusual or suspicious circumstances, individuals,
or vehicles. They learn that it is better to call the police when they
see something suspicious, even if their suspicion proves unfounded, rather
than to keep quiet and risk letting a neighbor be victimized by criminals.
As a member of a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, it will be your responsibility to call the police about all suspicious activity in your neighborhood. You and your fellow members should report any unusual situations, such as:
Report sheet printout
The corner store where you stop for milk and bread should also be part of your NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH program, even if the owner and employees live in other sections of town. They too worry about safety in the neighborhood, at least as much as you and your neighbors do. After all, an area of town where crime finds success is an area where business people will not.
Businesses in your area are part of the neighborhood, too, and consideration of their vulnerability to crime should be a neighborhood concern. Somebody getting away with the burglary of the liquor store down the street doesn't just mean the store lost money; it means crime has come to your neighborhood.
Invite local business people to block meetings and give them the opportunity to voice their concerns and offer their suggestions for improving neighborhood security. Help protect their businesses -- call the police if you see something suspicious or if you hear a burglar alarm ring.
By working together with local
businesses, you can make your neighborhood a safer place to live and work.
For those who want to participate in or organize a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH program in their neighborhood should contact the LCAC Safe Neighborhoods Committee at 444-1746.
Police cannot fight crime they do not know about. When alert citizens keep them informed, the police are far more effective against crime -- and citizens have better protection and safer neighborhoods.
Join your neighbors to organize a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH program in your community. You'll be protecting your own home and your own safety.