Out For Your Neighborhood
by Chris McCaslin, Crime Prevention Officer for the Greenville Police
When it comes to crime prevention it is everyone’s business. There
are several programs to choose from but the basics all center on education.
Neighborhood watch has been around for more than 30 years and is one of
the core programs for crime prevention. Neighborhood Watch relies on neighbors
watching out for each other and reporting suspicious activity when it
is occurring in the neighborhood. This program also works in apartment
complexes and for business.
Fighting crime is easier than most people think. Neighborhood watch educates
people on what suspicious activity is and how to properly report. Neighborhood
Watch also introduces neighbors to neighbors forming a vested interest
within the neighborhood. When neighbors are no longer strangers they care
what happens to one another. If they see suspicious activity going on
at the neighbor’s house they are more likely to report it. When
a burglar enters a neighborhood watch area he knows that the residents
have been educated about suspicious activity and how to report it. This
means that the burglar knows his chances of getting caught are higher
and he will move on to another neighborhood.
So what is suspicious activity? Suspicious activity is anything that does
not look like it belongs in the neighborhood. This could be a vehicle
parked in the area that you have not seen before. This could be teenagers
in the backyard of a house owned by an elderly couple. It could be high
levels of traffic coming going from house at all hours of the day and
So how do you report suspicious activity? In Greenville call 903-457-2900.
You do not have to give your information, however this could be helpful
to the officer responding. If you do not mind leaving your information
and do not want to be contacted by the officer please tell the dispatcher.
If you do not want the officer coming to your house but you do not mind
talking to the officer, ask the dispatcher to have the officer contact
you only by telephone. Another way of reporting suspicious activity can
be through Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929, this is completely anonymous.
If it appears to be a crime in progress call 911.
The last principle in neighborhood watch is Operation ID. Operation ID
is simply making a record of the most commonly stolen property and engraving
your eight digit driver’s license number on the property start the
number with TX and follow with DL. It should look like this “TX12345678DL”.
You should engrave TVs, computers, Blu-ray players, guns, bicycles, gaming
systems, cameras, camcorders, and stereos. Take photos of the other items
that are commonly stolen but you cannot engrave; such as jewelry and MP3
players. Property Engravers are available to check out for free at the
W. Walworth Harrison Public Library and if you go to www.knowyourstuff.org
you can register your property for free.
In Greenville, the Police Department provides neighborhood watch signs
for our Neighborhood Watch areas. To have a sign placed in your neighborhood
the requirements are that you have adequate participation, host a neighborhood
watch meeting/training session, keep your neighborhood watch information
up-to-date, and have at least one neighborhood watch meeting yearly (National
Night Out does count as this meeting). If you have already formed your
Neighborhood Watch and need to update your information or want to form
a new Neighborhood Watch within the city, contact Officer
Chris McCaslin, 903-457-2998. If you do not live in Greenville contact
your local law enforcement agency and they will be happy to help introduce
your neighborhood to neighborhood watch.
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