Tips For Giving A Description To Law Enforcement

Tips For Giving A Description To Law Enforcement

SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY- FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT!

One of the most important roles you have as a member of our community is to report suspicious activity.

How do you determine what is suspicious activity? A suspicious activity is when a person’s conduct or action does not fit the normal day-to-day activity of our neighborhood- an occurrence that is out of place and should not be happening in our neighborhood.

REMEMBER- If you observe something unusual or think something looks ‘wrong’, report it. DON’T HESITATE TO CALL 911! FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT! You WILL NOT get in trouble with the police- and you WILL be doing a service to your community!

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES AS SUSPICIOUS AND CALL THE POLICE!

1. A person or vehicle stays in the same place for an unusual length of time.

2. A parked car with the engine running- regardless of a person inside or not.

3. A person behaves strangely or exhibits unusual movements, looks out of place, or is wandering aimlessly.

4. A person concealing an object, carrying a weapon or suspicious bag.

5. A person looking into cars, moving from car to car, and/or tries door handles.

6. A person looking into windows of homes, or forcibly entering a car or home.

7. A person running from a home for no apparent reason, especially at night.

8. A person carrying/transporting unusual/valuable objects, day or night.

9. A person sells/conducts business out of their car, van, truck, or other vehicle.

10. A vehicle drives around your block frequently, slowing down, speeding up.

11. A vehicle without lights on, arriving or leaving at night.

12. A person you don’t know offering candy or gifts to children.

13. A person leaving a neighbor’s house who isn’t the neighbor or someone you don’t recognize or in uniform.

Many activities can be considered suspicious. And, there could be reasonable explanations for some suspicious activities. By thinking things through, being observant and using commonsense, you will be able to make a good judgment about whether an activity is suspicious. Your role as a concerned citizen is to report whatever you think is wrong or suspicious.

When you call to report a suspicious activity, you will be asked for your name, address, and telephone number. This information is requested to verify records or in case additional contact becomes necessary.

TRY TO REMEMBER THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

What happened? Time and place? Was anyone hurt?

Description of suspect(s)

Male or Female

Body Frame Size

Racial Appearance

Distinguishing Clothing (color of shirt, pants, shorts, sweater)

Age Group

Hair cut/color

Facial Hair

Scars, Tattoos, Glasses

Description of vehicle(s)

Make and Model

Color

License Plate – Try to get at least partial of the first 3-4 characters

Distinguishing signs or text on the vehicle or bumper stickers

Any damage or rust that is visible

Last known direction of travel

Additional details and circumstances

REMEMBER! REMEMBER!

If it is suspicious to you, it’s suspicious to the police. It is better to be safe than sorry.

In our neighborhood, the police don’t always know what is suspicious and what is not.

It is up to you to let the Police Department know when you see suspicious activity! Report it immediately!

Our neighbors are our best defense against crime! Refuse to be a victim!

Stop Crime in Your Neighborhood By Teaming Up with Your Neighbors

Stop Crime in Your Neighborhood By Teaming Up with Your Neighbors

Don’t wait for a natural disaster or neighborhood emergency to get to know your neighbors. Not every neighborhood is crime free. There are some neighborhoods that have less crime than others. It is our responsibility to do what we can to alleviate crime in our neighborhoods.

The following are 5 simple and easy ways to team up with your neighbors to keep your neighborhood safe from crime.

  • Get to know your neighbors –  First thing you should do is meet your neighbors. This can be done by a door-to-door meet and greet or maybe invite the neighbors for a block party. If meeting face to face is not in the cards for you a great resource to use is Nextdoor.com.
  • Invite law enforcement into your community – Once you have gotten to know your neighbors, invite law enforcement into your community for a little town hall meeting. An officer would be more than happy to meet with your community to discuss crime prevention tips as well as inform you of what crimes have been occurring in your neighborhood or around it. They can also suggest ways for your community to work together to keep crime out of your neighborhood.
  • Find out who has surveillance cameras – It is always a good idea to find out who has surveillance cameras and how they are positioned. This will assist law enforcement with crimes such as Burglaries, theft, hit n runs, or any other crime that may occur. Detectives can use this information to hunt down criminals that may come in contact with a camera.
  • Form a Neighborhood Watch – After talking with law enforcement build your neighborhood watch. A great way is to place signs at any entrance to your community. A great tool we use for the modern day is the Neighborhood Watch App. This app allows you to report suspicious activity directly to law enforcement or to the neighborhood watch appointed captain.
  • Keep up on Crime Trends – In my neighborhood, we use Nixle.com. This website allows you to put in your city and local law enforcement will update accordingly based on what is going on in your community directly and those around you. A quiet neighborhood is not exempt from crime. By knowing what kind of crimes are occurring around you can help you prevent crime in your community.
  • Security Cameras – If your community is experiencing more crime than usual, consider getting security cameras. This can be done by getting them yourself and have them set up to where you can watch them from your phone or computer anywhere or even monitored by a security company. I highly recommend anything that has night vision capabilities.

These simple steps will help you keep your community safe. If you live in a large community like I do, break your community up by streets. We have about 40 houses per street. It is true that not all neighbors will be so forthcoming with wanting to help out and know that is fine. We keep an eye on each other. #TakeCareOfEachOther

Keeping Your Kids Safe In Your Neighborhood

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Growing up, I recall needing to always tell my parents where I was going and where I was going to be. I had an hourly check in and needed to be home when the street lights came on. I get that our grandparents were raised more strict than our parents where anyone, including teachers could spank them. Our parents were raised children are meant to be seen not heard. We were raised strict with rules and the occasional whoopin. But it seems kids these days don’t have rules or any guidance. They seem to roam more freely than I ever had. I am sure there are many reasons for this, but I have come up with a few things for parents to implement with their children to keep them safe.

Know where your children are: Have your children tell or ask permission of where they are going to be and advise them to check in at a certain time via voice confirmation not text. Have a phone number for where they are going to be even though it seems all kids have a cell phone these days.

Get to know your children’s friends/parents: I feel it is absolutely necessary to know your kids friends and parents. As we all know some parents are engaged in their kids lives and others, well, aren’t. If you are not able to meet the parents, though I find that hard to believe in most cases, at least call and have a conversation with them. Get the feel that you can trust the kids and the parents. Ask your kids what they will be doing at their friends house and if they will be supervised. If your kids are minors, don’t allow them to be at a friends house with out parents home.

Have your kids memorize important numbers: In my opinion the most important numbers your kids should have memorized are the home phone number, if you have one, your work and cell phone numbers. In the event they lose their cell phone and need to use a land line, they know what numbers to dial in case of an emergency.

Set limits on where your children can go within your neighborhood: This is knowing your neighborhood. Know if your children will need to cross a busy highway, or if they are going to be around abandoned buildings or homes, or if there are just certain houses you get a bad vibe from that you don’t want your kids anywhere near.

Choose a safe house in your neighborhood: Choose a house in which you have a good relationship with your kids can go to in the event there is an emergency and they need help. Also note other locations your kids can go to for help such as: libraries, fire stations, certain stores and police stations.

Teach your kids to settle disputes with words, not fists: Role-play talking out problems, walking away from fist fights, and what to do when confronted with bullies. Remind them that taunting and teasing can hurt friends and make enemies.

Work together with your neighbors: Watch out for suspicious activity and unusual behavior in your neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and their kids so you can work together to keep your neighborhood safe.