NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH St. Mary’s County  Sheriff’s Office
What is Crime Watch? <ul><li>Crime Watch encourages residents of a particular area to prevent crime by communicating with ...
Crime Watch <ul><li>Teaches citizens techniques to reduce the risk of being victimized at home and in public. </li></ul><u...
Crime Watch <ul><li>Brings citizens and police together to address the needs and concerns of the entire community. </li></ul>
Crime Watch is NOT… <ul><li>A vigilante force. </li></ul><ul><li>A program designed to put it’s participants at risk. </li...
Crime Watch Advantages <ul><li>Promotes community growth, strength and unity. </li></ul><ul><li>Generates concern among ne...
What do we do now? <ul><li>Exchange basic information with trusted neighbors. </li></ul><ul><li>Report all suspicious acti...
What to do <ul><li>Keep neighbors informed of houses that will be unoccupied for extended periods of time. </li></ul><ul><...
Suspicious Activity What To Report <ul><li>Door to door solicitors asking strange or inappropriate questions. </li></ul><u...
Suspicious Activity <ul><li>A non-resident going into a back or side yard of a residence. </li></ul><ul><li>Persons carryi...
When You Call <ul><li>What – do not exaggerate </li></ul><ul><li>Where – be specific </li></ul><ul><li>When </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>Crimes in progress and life threatening emergencies take priority over other calls. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember DO ...
I.D. Valuables <ul><li>Mark Valuables with your drivers license number and state. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of all val...
Home Security Surveys <ul><li>Request a free security survey. </li></ul><ul><li>An officer will respond to your house and ...
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Neighborhood crime watch

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

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