WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH?
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents in a designated area in cooperation with San Diego Police Department to reduce crime, solve problems and improve the quality of life in this area. It teaches residents how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods ie; watching out for each other. In addition, it provides citizens with the opportunity to make their neighborhoods safer and improve the quality of life. You will get to know and work with your neighbors, and learn how to:
- Recognize and report crimes and suspicious activities
- Protect yourself, your family, and your property
- Identify crime and disorder problems in your area and work with SDPD to solve them
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911 VS. POLICE NON-EMERGENCY NUMBER (619-531-2000)
911 calls or emergency calls are calls that include crimes that are in progress, about to happen or ones that have resulted in serious personal injury, property damage, property loss or where the suspect may still be at the scene. Examples are fights, sexual assaults, burglaries, robberies, domestic violence, child or elder abuse, sounds of gunshots, screaming, breaking glass, graffiti or driving under the influence.
Non-emergency calls are calls that involve activities that don’t involve serious injury, property damage or property loss, where the suspect has left the scene or an immediate response is not needed. Examples are burglaries where the suspect has left, stolen checks/credit cards, stolen identity, loud parties, curfew violations, car alarms or underage drinking.
BECOME A BLOCK CAPTAIN
To become a block captain or find out if your block has a captain, please email the Bird Rock Community Council at email@example.com.
Preventing Residential Burglaries
For some great tips and advice on avoiding being a victim of home burglaries, read the article linked HERE.
WAYS TO HARDEN YOUR HOME/CAR FROM BEING A TARGET
For your House:
Lock all doors and windows. It is important to secure your home before you leave and at night.
Leave your front porch light on overnight.
Each house must have a PEEP HOLE on the front door to identify those at your door
Have your address clearly visible on the front of your house. IF YOU HAVE ALLEY ACCESS, put your house numbers on the backside of the house or fence. You will have a quicker response from police and fire.
If you have gates on the alley, use a combination lock to secure the entry.
If you park your car on the street or driveway at night, remove your garage door opener. In the past, criminals have broken into cars to then break into garages.
If someone not known to you tries your door or rings the bell, CALL THE POLICE.
Lock the door from your garage to your house if you have an attached garage.
Lock the door to your garage nightly if your garage is detached.
Put your trash out ONLY the morning of trash day. Criminals have the cover of night to sort thru your trash to see a box for a new computer or electronic device.
Shred all personal documents. Never put them into your trash.
For your Car:
Lock your car.
Remove everything from sight.