Know Your Neighbors & Report Suspicious Activity
The basic idea is for neighbors to watch out for each other. By looking after a neighbors property as if it were your own, you will more likely contact the police if you observe something suspicious. Citizens act as extra "eyes and ears" for the police department so that calls to the police will be made when criminal activity is suspected. An alert and cooperative neighborhood is the greatest single defense against crime. By getting to know your neighbors and their vehicles, you will most likely be alert to suspicious people, vehicles, and/or sounds that could indicate criminal activity.
The Crime Prevention Unit of the Plano Police Department will help you organize a Crime Watch Area. Once the area is organized, officers will send bulletins to Crime Watch Areas on an as-needed basis. This information is sent regarding crimes of a serious nature, or when a suspects description is available. This information, coupled with the two basic principles of Crime Watch, can help citizens become a part of reducing the overall crime rate in their neighborhoods.
For additional information regarding the Neighborhood Crime Watch Program or about starting a watch in your area, please call 972-941-2431 or submit your name electronically.
Someone in your neighborhood must be instrumental in generating interest among the neighbors. After contacting your neighbors, the Crime Prevention Unit should be notified so that a meeting can be scheduled. Meetings can be held in homes, churches, schools, or any place that will accommodate the number of people you are expecting. When contacting your neighbors to discuss the program, it is best to talk with them in person rather than leaving them a pamphlet that tells about a meeting. The response will be better, and you've already taken the first step in getting to know your neighbors.
An Officer from the Crime Prevention Unit will 'chair' the meeting and outline the basic principles of the program and discuss the responsibilities of the Police Department and homeowners. The length of the meeting may vary depending on the groups agenda. Upon completion of the meeting your group will be ready to function as an active Neighborhood Crime Watch Area.