Many such crimes, including increases in crimes against property and vehicle theft, are connected to an increase in drug trafficking / usage and gang activity. The impact such crimes have on the community resources affects us all. Participation in Block Watch fights the isolation and separation that crime creates and feeds upon, it forges bonds among your neighbors, helps reduce burglaries and other crimes, and improves relations between the police and the community they serve.
What Do Block Watch Members Look For?
Block Watch members look for suspicious activity, including:
A stranger in the back yard
A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child
An opened or forced door or window
Beam from flashlight or light in neighbor’s home
Persons going door to door
Persons waiting in front of a home or loitering around the neighborhood
Property being carried by persons on foot
Property being loaded into a vehicle or being removed from a vehicle
Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home or a business after it has closed
Slow moving vehicles cruising the block
Someone screaming or shouting for help
Someone being forced into a vehicle
Someone looking into windows and parked cars
Sounds of breaking glass or shattering wood
Strange vehicles parked at your neighbor’s house
Remember if you see a situation that doesn’t feel right, it’s suspicious. Write down the description of any suspicious persons. Get the model, color, and license numbers of strange vehicles. Call the police immediately. Don’t assume someone else has called. If criminal activity has occurred let your Block Watch Captain and neighbors know but call 9-1-1 first!