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Neighborhood crime watch



This is what I was sent last year from the Sheriff's office.

This is what I was sent last year from the Sheriff's office.



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  • NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
  • What is Crime Watch?
    • Crime Watch encourages residents of a particular area to prevent crime by communicating with each other and police.
    • Crime Watch encourages citizens to take an active role in their community by being the eyes and ears for law enforcement.
  • Crime Watch
    • Teaches citizens techniques to reduce the risk of being victimized at home and in public.
    • Trains citizens how to recognize and report crimes and suspicious activities.
    • Teaches home security techniques.
    • Encourages neighbors to get to know each other and their routines.
  • Crime Watch
    • Brings citizens and police together to address the needs and concerns of the entire community.
  • Crime Watch is NOT…
    • A vigilante force.
    • A program designed to put it’s participants at risk.
    • A guarantee that crime will not occur in our community.
  • Crime Watch Advantages
    • Promotes community growth, strength and unity.
    • Generates concern among neighbors.
    • Increases community awareness and involvement.
    • Increase overall communication.
  • What do we do now?
    • Exchange basic information with trusted neighbors.
    • Report all suspicious activities to the Sheriff’s Office:
        • 301-475-8008
        • 911 emergency
        • Provide accurate descriptions of suspicious persons and vehicles.
  • What to do
    • Keep neighbors informed of houses that will be unoccupied for extended periods of time.
    • Look after neighbor’s houses when they are away. Know how to contact them in case of an emergency.
    • Make neighbors aware of crimes and suspicious activity that has occurred in the community.
  • Suspicious Activity What To Report
    • Door to door solicitors asking strange or inappropriate questions.
    • Strangers hanging around parks, bus stops and other places frequented by children.
    • Persons hanging out in parks and around businesses after they are closed.
    • Abandoned vehicles in unusual locations.
  • Suspicious Activity
    • A non-resident going into a back or side yard of a residence.
    • Persons carrying property in a suspicious manner.
    • Someone forcing entry into a vehicle or residence.
    • Persons looking into parked vehicles or hanging around parking lots at night.
  • When You Call
    • What – do not exaggerate
    • Where – be specific
    • When
    • Any Injuries
    • Description of vehicles and persons.
    • Direction of travel.
    • Remain on the line and keep the operator updated.
    • Crimes in progress and life threatening emergencies take priority over other calls.
    • Remember DO NOT confront any situation, wait for the police to arrive.
  • I.D. Valuables
    • Mark Valuables with your drivers license number and state.
    • Make a list of all valuables and keep in a safe place. Don’t forget to include serial numbers.
    • Photograph or video tape valuables that can’t be marked.
    • Include a list of credit card information and fraud reporting numbers with your property list.
  • Home Security Surveys
    • Request a free security survey.
    • An officer will respond to your house and give you tips on how to make your home more secure.
    • To schedule a survey contact your Community Service Officer or call 301-475-8008.