Crime Watch

So this blog will go back and forth with issues I currently deal with and issues I’ve come across in the past. This post will be will be about a current issue. Crime.

notice-neighborhood-crime-watchI live in a great neighborhood right now. It’s super family friendly and has a very strict HOA which can be good and bad, that’s a post for another time.  But lately we’ve had a bit of a crime spree going on. It’s very rare in our area but something we’ve been learning to deal with in precautionary measures.

We’ve had theft going on slowly around our road for the last few weeks.  First, a car was stolen in a neighborhood across the way.  Next, a night full of car break-ins.  The very next night another car was stolen in a different neighborhood next door to ours.  Then, our middle school around the corner had all of it’s landscaping equipment, including the ride-on lawnmower, stolen from it’s locked shed.  It was all our community could talk about.  In our own neighborhood we had the mass car break-ins. Some guns were stolen and many cars were rummaged through.  This made everyone VERY uncomfortable.  The police mentioned that it was a big group that comes in and spreads out to get a lot done in the shortest amount of time possible.

Well, our neighborhood decided to send watchmen out during the night.  Other neighborhoods did the same.  Some decided to leave their dogs on the front porches. Eventually the perps were caught in the next town over.  Much of their “loot” was found which proved that they were the ones responsible in our area. Thank heavens they were caught.  I hate criminals.

There is a lesson to be learned from this though.  We should always be taking precautions.  We never know when our beautiful, peaceful, friendly neighborhood will be a victim of crime.  Even within our own neighborhood are teens that get an itch for keying cars and stupid pranks.  I think I’m setting up cameras from now on.  I’ve seen it so useful time and time again.  Recently someone had been driving around stealing packages off of front porches.  Someone had a camera and that person was caught by the police because of that footage.  So cameras are a great option but can be a bit pricey to some.  An obvious thing to do is to leave all the outdoor lights on that you can.  No criminal wants to poke around your cars and house if it’s lit up like a Christmas tree.  Another thing we need to make sure and do is LOCK all our vehicles and our house.

Be a part of the crime watch community.  Go to your local meetings or set up a local meeting for your community or neighborhood. Starting a crime watch on your street is a relatively easy way to say NO to crime.  It can be as involved as you want it to be.  It can also be as simple as posting a sign. Usually there is some kind of minimum requirement to meet once a year or so.  Contact your local police department for details.

I’m so thankful our perps were caught and you can rest assured, our lights will be on, doors locked and hopefully soon…cameras installed.

Take action!  Click here for a directory of hotlines and helpful links for crime victims.