This is part five of a series of articles about Neighborhood Watch programs.
If citizens got together to actively prevent crime half as often as criminals meet to create crime, the community would notice real change.
EYES AND EARS OBSERVATION
Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you during the day. If you observe something suspicious, notify law enforcement as soon as you can and try to describe the activity as accurately as possible. Stay on the telephone so you can provide additional information that may help law enforcement officers responding to the call.
REPORT SUSPICIOUS PERSONS BY….
- Hair Color / Length
- Eyes / Glasses
- Tattoos / Scars
- Vehicle: Make/Model/Color/License Plate Number
SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITIES MAY INCLUDE:
- Individual walking around a home, looking into windows or trying to force open doors
- Individual carrying any kind of weapon
- Solicitors asking unusual questions
- Unusual noises for the time of day
- Telephone caller asking personal questions
- Individual carrying property out of residence or business at unusual time
- Car driving past area repeatedly, or parking and no one exits
- Individual running from a residence or building
COMMON DRUG ACTIVITIES
- Unusual or chemical odors coming from a residence
- Vacant or occupied house with unusually high amount of traffic
- Double-parked cars in front of house
- Groups of people congregating around house
- People displaying large sums of cash, or carrying valuables into house but leaving without them
Neighborhood Watch Article Series
- Part One: “What is a Neighborhood Watch?”
- Part Two: “A Neighborhood Watch is Not…”
- Part Three: “Organizing a Neighborhood Watch”
- Part Four: “The Neighborhood Watch Meeting”
- Part Five: “The Role of Neighborhood Watch Members”
- Part Six: “Neighborhood Watch: Solving Problems”
- Part Seven: “What Motivates Neighborhood Watch Members”
- Part Eight: “How Neighborhood Watches Grow”
The Cleveland Police Foundation, in partnership with the Cleveland Division of Police and the Ohio Crime Prevention Association present these tips so citizens can help to make our community safer.