Neighborhood Crime Watch

Safety Tips

  • Volunteer with the police or sheriff’s office. Get training on how to support law enforcement.
  • Ask people who seldom leave their homes to be “window watchers” to look out for children and report any unusual activities in the neighborhood.
  • Physical conditions like abandoned cars or overgrown vacant lots contribute to crime. Keep our neighborhoods clean, encourage neighbors to beautify the area, and ask them to volunteer with victim’s services groups. Get trained in helping victims of crime.
  • Report suspicious activities and crime to 911. Report information about prior crimes to Silent Observer.
  • Turn on outdoor lights at night.
  • Encourage small businesses to repair rundown storefronts, clean up littered streets, and create jobs for young people.
  • Watch groups are not vigilantes and do not assume the role of the police. Watch groups encourage neighbors to be alert, observant, and caring—and to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police.

Safety tips excerpted from a publication from the National Crime Prevention Council.

Using Emergency 9-1-1

When should you use 9-1-1?
Dial 9-1-1 for police, fire, and medical service when an emergency response is needed.

What happens when I call 9-1-1?
When you dial 9-1-1, your call will be received by a communications specialist who takes your information. Then, the appropriate response team in your area is notified and dispatched.

How do I use 9-1-1?
Remain calm. Speak Clearly. Provide the communications specialist with the following information: your name, address of the incident, the city you live in, where the incident occurred, and what is happening. Please stay on the line with the 9-1-1 Communications Specialist until told to disconnect.