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Neighborhood Watch Info

Neighborhood Crime Watch:

The purpose of this information is to tell you how the Neighborhood Watch Program works and how to organize and maintain a successful program. Neighborhood Watch promotes citizens involvement in discouraging and preventing residential and property crime.

 

The Program Uses Citizen Involvement to:

N  secure their own homes and personal property

N  report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office

N  Increase public awareness through education.
 

Neighborhood Crime Facts:

N  Burglary, auto theft, rape, child molestation, and arson are the most prevalent crimes that occur in neighborhoods.

N  Household burglary is one of the easiest crimes to commit and prevent, but one of the hardest to solve.

N  Over one-half of Law-Enforcement’s time is spent on investigating burglaries.

N  Most home burglars are young amateurs and looking for easy targets.

N  Statistics show that a large number of household burglaries are by non-forced entry.

N  A majority of household burglaries occur during daylight hours.

N  Household burglary has a high potential for death and/or injury in cases where a burglar is surprised by the homeowner.

 

Neighborhood watch operates to educate participants in the principles of:   

N  Deterrence

N  Delay

N  Detection

 

The Program depends on a communications network organized with four levels of participants:

N  The residents

N  Section Coordinators

N  Block Captains

N  A local Law-Enforcement Representative

 

Vigilante Actions are in No Way Condoned by the Neighborhood Watch Program.  No One is asked to take Personal Risks and/or be a Hero.
 

 

Organizing a Program:

 

N  Visit your neighbors and tell them you are interested in discouraging crime in the neighborhood. Ask for help toward this goal.
 

 

N  Organize a neighborhood meeting, and contact the Fort Bend County Crime Prevention representative and address the group. The phone number is 281-238-1536     
                                                                                                         
N  Elect Block Captains and Section Coordinators.

 

N  Block Captains should prepare a watch map listing, which includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, and license plate numbers and vehicle descriptions, for each residence in their block.

 

N  Fifty percent participation is recommended!

 

N  Each homeowner must schedule a home security inspection. (Passing the inspection will qualify the homeowner to receive up to a 20% reduction off their homeowners insurance).
 

N  Section Coordinators must provide the Sheriff’s Office with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all block captains.

 

N  Each Group must provide funds for the Crime Watch Signs, stickers, and engravers.

 

[  Since awareness and involvement are the keys to a successful program, keeping interest high and continuing the groups Crime Prevention Education must be a primary focus of all participants.

 

Specific Duties Include:
 

 

Block Captains/Section Coordinators:

 

N  Schedule periodic group meetings and encourage each homeowner to attend.

 

N  Coordinators are required to forward minutes of each crime watch meeting to the crime prevention deputy

 

N  Act as a liaison between homeowners and the Sheriff’s Office.

 

N  Invite your Crime Prevention Deputy to address the group on other crime prevention programs.

 

N  Coordinate home security inspections and Operation Identification.

 

N  Contact new neighbors about the program.

 

N  Keep the watch map data current.
 

 

 

Residents (Homeowners):

 

N  Attend the program meetings and read the newsletters.

 

N  Secure your homes and personal property. Follow the recommendations from the security inspection and participate in Operation Identification.

 

N  Be Alert to Suspicious Activity and Report it Immediately to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch.

 

[  Neighborhood Crime Watch is a proven crime reduction program, but like any self-help activity, its success depends upon YOU and YOUR NEIGHBOR!

 

FortBend CountySheriff’s Office Phone Numbers:

 

911…………….. Emergency/Crimes in Progress/Sickness/Fire

 

281 342 6116….Non-Emergency Number

 

1 800 341 6116...Long Distance (800) Number

 

281 594 0801….Crime Prevention Unit (Deputy Gerard Argao)

 

281 341 4638 …Terriann Carlson (Crime Analysis).

 

(Coordinators should be the ones to use Crime Analysis)!