OBJECTIVES OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
The main objective of
Neighborhood Watch is to reduce the incidence of crime by:
- Increasing citizens'
awareness of burglary and other neighborhood crime through
a continuing information program.
recommendations to assist citizens in making their property
- Developing a
neighborhood action program where neighbors help watch each
other's property and report suspicious persons and
activities to law enforcement agencies.
- Encouraging all
citizens to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in
Neighborhood Watch Block Captain
- Coordinates any Neighborhood Watch
- Acts as a base station for the program in
- Acts as the liaison between their
neighborhood and the Police Department's Crime Prevention
- Assures that literature is distributed to
those who are unable to attend the meeting.
- Oversees the Block Captains.
- Provides yearly update information to
their Crime Prevention Officer.
- Attend a minimum of four (4) Crime
Prevention Steering Committee meetings per calendar year.
- Coordinates a block watcher meeting with
the homes that he/she is responsible for and/or personally
visits each home/apartment unit in their area, distributing
the proper information on home security and operation
identification to their neighbors encouraging their
- Acts as a liaison between the Coordinator
and their area of responsibility and disseminates
information communicated to him/her which may assist the
- Keep their Block Watchers (homeowners)
updated on new crime prevention strategies.
- Invites new residents throughout the year
to join the program.
- Participates in Operation Identification.
Most burglars sell what they steal, making it
hard for police to trace stolen goods. Once it has left your
home, that television or bicycle looks just like thousands of
others. Unless you can prove it is yours, the police cannot
return it. To help protect your property, join
You can borrow an engraving pen or an
inexpensive diamond-tipped marking pen from the Crime
Prevention Unit. These can also be purchased from a home
Mark televisions, radios, appliances, golf
clubs, tools and items such as these. Make a complete inventory
of all items containing serial numbers. Put the inventory and
photos in a safe place, along with other seldom-used materials.
If police recover your property, the pictures and serial
numbers will help prove that the item is yours. Such records
are also useful in filing insurance claims. Also video taping
your items is another way in identifying your
Finally, let the burglars know that your
goods are marked and can be traced. Get your community to be an
active Neighborhood Watch and all the participants will receive
Operation Identification stickers. Display these stickers on
your front window, front door, or on any other clearly visible
Every precinct has a Crime Prevention Officer
available to you. Here are the addresses and phone numbers of
the four police precincts as well as the Crime Prevention
||Crime Prevention Office
2441 Princess Anne Road, Bldg. 15
385-1006, or 385-1757
||Virginia Beach Police
Crime Prevention Unit
2509 Princes Anne Road, Bldg. 11
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
2509 Princess Anne Rd., Bldg. 11, 23456
820 Va. Beach Blvd., 23451
926 Independence Blvd., 23455
840 Kempsville Rd., 23464
Improved security will protect your new
stereo and your television, along with your family. If you
still think you will never be a kidnapped victim, could you say
the same about burglary? What did the new stereo cost you, how
much time and irritation goes into reporting the crime,
computing depreciation for the insurance company? Why not put
half the time into better security?
A home security survey can be coordinated for
your home by contacting the precinct you live in and request to
speak with a crime prevention officer.
Here are a few security tips you that the
homeowner can take care of.
- Change all locks when moving in after
previous tenant or owner.
- Do not leave keys in a "hiding place"
outside the home.
- Develop a sufficient rapport with your
neighbors to be able to watch out for each other's homes,
especially during trips, vacations, etc.
- Keep shrubbery trimmed. Grounds, planning,
shrubbery lush overgrown shrubs can shield intruders.
- Security lighting is a must on the
outside. Also, possibly invest in a timing device for the
inside of your home.
- Do not give out your phone number in
response to a "wrong number." If the caller asks, "What
number is this?" you reply by asking, "What number are you
- Your children should be instructed in the
proper use of the telephone. Teach them not to give out
- All home phones should have police, fire,
and ambulance phone umbers posted on it or by them.
Remember 911 or 427-5000 (non-emergency).
- Keep a running inventory of your personal
belongings. If stolen, you will have this information to
give to the police and your insurance
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