Neighborhood Crime Watch Program
Lavon's Neighborhood Crime Watch Program is sponsored by the Lavon Police Department and is one of several projects to focus on their Crime prevention initiatives. The Crime Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for each other. It is getting to know each other and becoming familiar with your neighbors' habits and vehicles so that you will know when something is suspicious or out of the ordinary.
In addition to recognizing potential suspicious activities, Crime Watch participants report such activity by calling the police. All of this doesn't make you a nosey neighbor - it makes you a good neighbor in the old-fashioned sense of the word.
Many people don't want to bother the police because they are afraid that it may not be a real emergency or that they may be embarrassed if their suspicions turn out to be unfounded. The police would much rather be called out to investigate than to be called after a crime has been committed. When in doubt, always call 911. The 911 dispatch center is staffed with trained operators who will evaluate your call, rank its priority, and dispatch it to the appropriate officer.
DO NOT take unnecessary chances by attempting to confront a suspicious person. Crime watch does NOT mean being a vigilante. Participants do not confront suspects or take any personal risks at all.
Contact your Neighborhood Captain or the Lavon Police Department to find out specifically what Crime Watch can do for you and what you can do for Crime Watch. Some basics are:
Attend area Crime Watch meetings, read the Crime Watch materials provided to you. Learn about crime prevention and share the information with your neighbors.
Offer your help whenever you can. Many neighborhood groups need help with copying or distribution of materials, telephone calls, meetings, refreshments, etc. Pitch in to help whenever and wherever you can.
You will learn about crime prevention techniques to make your family, property, and neighborhood safer.
You and your family will feel safer, which may be almost as important as actually being safe!
You will meet more neighbors and develop new friendships.
You will have neighbors who will look out for your property when you are away and vice versa.
You will have a sense of accomplishment from doing something about crime.
You can help prevent crime by using proven crime prevention measures that will go a long way toward keeping you from becoming a crime victim:
Improve your outdoor lighting.
Don't leave lawn equipment or toys outside or in an open garage.
Keep car doors locked and windows shut while driving and when parked.
Don't keep valuables in plain view inside your car.
Check behind when turning into your neighborhood and again before turning into your alley or driveway. If someone is in close proximity, drive past your home to a well lit and populated area to call 911.
Remember that as many crimes occur during daylight hours as at night. Don't let your guard down because it is day.
Take vacation precautions:
Ask someone to pick up mail and newspapers daily.
Arrange to have your lawn mowed or leaves raked.
Even better, have someone stay in your home while you are away, if this is possible.
Sounds simple doesn't it? But it works!
Thieves look for what police term "targets of opportunity." There are many things you can do to avoid becoming one of these targets, especially when you are going to be away from your home for an extended period.