Defense Against Crime

10/10/2009

How to have a Crime Free Neighborhood

Filed under: Crime Prevention — peppereyes @ 5:17 PM
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burglar_largeThe price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” Thomas Jefferson

 Crime is everyone’s business. As much as we would like them to, the police just can’t be everywhere to catch the bad guys.  On average there are just two police officers for every 1,000 citizens. Currently small town America, are seeing more crime because of this ratio. With just Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Fife to protect Mayberry,  some criminals are using this as an advantage. This is why your involvement is crucial to fighting crime. It is the duty of every citizen to be the eyes and ears not only for the police but also for their neighbors. Crime is everyone’s problems and stopping it is the civic duty of responsible citizens.  On of the best methods is to set up some type of neighborhood watch, citizen patrol or crime watch program. These are crime prevention programs that involve citizens working together with each other and the law enforcement community to reduce and prevent crime in their neighborhood.

 You and your neighbors or members of your Home owners Association are the ones who really care about the safety of your neighborhood and what goes on there. Would you like to live next door to a crack house? Would you like to live in the same neighborhood as a crack house? By working together with the police, citizens can fight crime in the most effective way – preventing victimization. It is up to You, and not Batman that are the key element to fighting crime. 

 SO GET INVOLVED

 How to start a Neighborhood Crime Program

  1. Contact your local Police or Sheriff’s Office about setting up a Crime Watch Program. Most of them will be willing to assist you with information, materials and advice.
  2. Schedule a meeting with your neighbors in a nearby church, home, community center, fire department., etc.
  3. Invite the Crime Watch/ Neighborhood Watch Coordinator and/or law enforcement officer to speak at your initial meeting to help get your Crime Watch program started.
  4. Contact EVERY resident in your HOA, subdivision or community and invite them to the meeting. Make your invitations, door-to-door, by phone, by flyers, by e-mail, or community Web site.
  5. Hold your meeting

 

Some Community Watch Activities

 OPERATION ID – This program involves engraving your personal property with some identify number.  In the Military, we used the last 6 numbers of our social security number. Other used their driver’s license number.  This makes your property easy to identify.

 CRIMEWATCH SIGNS – You may wish to purchase signs that identify that your community is a place were citizens look out for one another. You local law enforcement agency may be able to assist in obtaining them.

 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – Every year, the National Town Watch Association invites communities for all over the nation to participate in National Night out Against Crime. Contact your local law enforcement agency or the Crime Prevention Unit of the Governor’s Crime Commission (or similar unit) for more information.

 Community Clean-UP.  Who wants to live in a dirty neighbor?  If you aren’t living in a HOA that enforces nice clean, and trim yards and homes then you may want to sponsor a community clean up effort within your community. You are already working on cleaning up the crime in your area – make your community a beautiful place to live at the same time.

 HOME SECURITY WORKSHOP – Ask your local lawn enforcement community to host a workshop to inform the community about things they can do to make their homes more secure, when they are not home.  They can get tips and ideas on security products to assist in making their homes more secure.  Sometimes a Home Security Sign in the yard, and some stickers can do a lot to discourage a criminal.

 AWARNESS PROGRAMS – There may be certain crime issues in your community that your Crime Watch Group wants to target. Inform and educate your members on such topics as:

  • Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Sexual Abuse Prevention
  • Domestic Abuse Prevention
  • ….and many others.

  CRIMINALS go where they feel safe and secure to do what they want. Where they are not welcomed or scared , they go elsewhere.

 

General Security Tips

 One Burglary happens every 15 seconds 

  • MAKE YOUR HOME LOOK OR SOUND OCCUPIED – Leave some lights and the radio on (talk radio works best) when your out.
  • LOCK YOUR DOORS – Never leave your house open for “just a moment”, always lock your doors.  Even lock them when your home.
  • USE A DEADBOLT LOCKS/ INSTALL AN ALARM SYSTEM. Do Your research on the security of different locks. Find out how to secure your home against lock bumping. When getting a Home Alarm, get a cellular system in stead of having it linked to your phone land line. Thieves are cutting phone lines to prevent land line systems from dialing out. Both of these are good deterrents.
  • ENHANCE YOUR DOORS– The easiest way for a criminal to get into your house is just too kick-in your door! The FBI says every 12 seconds a home is invaded by going right through the front or back door. There are devices like the Strike Master II or the Door Club to make it harder for criminals to do this.
  • BRACE YOUR SLIDING GLASS DOOR– If the door is braced ( a sick in the track), the only other way for a criminal to enter your sliding glass door is to brake it open.
  • DON’T HIDE A KEY OUTSIDE – Burglars Know all of the obvious Hiding Places. If you really need to have a spare key available consider a good Key Hider.
  • DRILL AND PIN YOUR WINDOWS – Window Locks can be jammed or by passed, pins cannot.
  • INSTALL GOOD EXTERIOR LIGHTING – Motion sensors and other good lights don’t let burglars hide in the dark.
  • KEEP BUSHES AND SHRUBS TRIMMED – If Bushes are too high, someone hiding near your window and doors cannot be seen.
  • DON’T GET A PRIVACY FENSE – They not only give your privacy, but also give criminals Privacy as well.
  • GET A DOG – Because of their keen hearing and smell, dogs are great early warning systems when someone is nearby who shouldn’t be. Even smaller dogs help to deter burglars.
     

By Victor Swindell, owner of PepperEyes.com, a division of Swindell Enterprises. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions .In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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