WHY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH?
As part of the community, the Lindon Police Department plays an important role in keeping the community safe. However, there cannot be a police officer on every corner, so citizen involvement is essential to combat crime.
You and your neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your neighborhood. By cooperating with each other and law enforcement, people can help fight crime in their community in the most effective way – before it begins.
Neighborhood Watch members can place stickers in their windows and post Neighborhood Watch signs on streets, warning criminals that they are in an active Neighborhood Watch community, and that “neighbors are watching out for each other.”
WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH?
An active Neighborhood Watch (NW) is one of the most successful and least costly crime prevention programs available. Neighborhood Watch is a cooperative effort between the Lindon City Police Department and its citizens. It is designed to help reduce residential burglaries and other crimes. You will learn how to:
• Identify and report suspicious activity
• Better safeguard your home and property
• Be prepared in case of emergencies
• And much more…
Some of the free services available to all citizens include the following:
• Residential Security Consultations
• Residential Vacation Checks
• Professional speaker(s) on a variety of topics
• Local crime statistics
• Crime prevention literature
By working with your neighbors and the Police Department, you can help fight crime in your neighborhood the most effective way…before it begins! Although the Police Department provides guidance in organizing and maintaining Neighborhood Watch groups, community volunteers, such as you, actually run the program. That way you can tailor the program to your own neighborhood’s unique character.
HOW DO I START A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IN MY AREA?
HOW DO I KEEP OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH ACTIVE?
It takes more than just one person to keep a Neighborhood Watch active and successful.
Once a Neighborhood Watch group is established in your area, members are encouraged to watch out for one another, target harden their homes, and hold regular meetings or neighborhood events at least once or twice a year. This way everyone can keep up-to-date on current crime trends and continue to build a sense of community.
Contact the police department for ideas on keeping your Neighborhood Watch active.
Here are some commonly held beliefs, the reality behind those beliefs, and how Neighborhood Watch
can help you and your neighbors…
“Crime’s not a problem in our neighborhood”
This may or may not be true; however, because there is usually a lack of communication among neighbors most people don’t know what is actually occurring in their own community. Neighborhood Watch encourages neighbors to talk to each other. At Neighborhood Watch meetings, a crime prevention specialist will provide group members with local crime statistics.
“If someone really wants to break in, they will.”
This is probably true; however, most burglars will choose the easiest target, such as a house with an unlocked door or open window.
Neighborhood Watch group members will learn how to target harden their homes.
The Police Department offers free Residential Security Consultations to all citizens.
“What if I call the Police Dept. and nothing’s wrong?”
That’s totally fine, we don’t care! Sometimes something totally innocent may look suspicious. However, what if your instincts were right?
You could have prevented a burglary or something much more severe from occurring.
Neighborhood Watch teaches group members how to identify and report suspicious persons, vehicles, activity, and crime.
Please contact us for more information or to schedule a Neighborhood Meeting in YOUR neighborhood!
Phone #801-769-8600 or email; firstname.lastname@example.org