How To Reduce Crime In Your Neighborhood
While we don't like to talk about it - or even think about it - crime is on the increase in America, and throughout the world. The number of burglars, muggers, auto thieves, robbers, purse snatchers, etc., is growing at an alarming rate.
Now you, as a resident, working with neighbors can help reduce the crime rate. How? By joining the Aberdeen Township Neighborhood Watch Program in which you and your neighbors get together to learn how to protect yourselves, your family, your home and your property. Working together, you can get the criminals off your block and out of your area. There's safety in numbers and power through working with a group. You'll get to know your neighbors better, and working with them you can:
- Reduce crime
- Develop a more united community
- Provide an avenue of communications between police and citizens
- Establish ongoing crime prevention techniques in your neighborhood
- Renew citizen interest in community activity
What You Will Do
The program does not require frequent meetings (once a month or so). We do not ask anyone to take personal risks to prevent crime. This is not a "vigilante" group.
The program gathers citizens together to learn crime prevention from the police department. You cooperate with your neighbors to report suspicious activities in the neighborhood, to keep an eye on homes when the resident is away, and to keep everyone in the area mindful of the standard precautions for property and self that should always be taken. Criminals avoid neighborhoods where such groups exist.
What You Will Learn
Through cooperation with us some of the things you will learn are:
- What to do in an emergency
- How to best identify a suspicious person
- How to identify a vehicle being used in a suspected criminal activity
- Signs to watch out for before entering a house or apartment that may be in the process of being burglarized
- What to do in case of injury
- What to do about suspicious people loitering on your street
- How to identify stolen merchandise
- How to recognize auto theft in progress
- How to protect your house or apartment
- How to recognize a burglary in progress
- How to protect yourself and family
Remember, police officers can't be everywhere. Your cooperation with us is for the benefit of you, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood.
For information on the Aberdeen Neighborhood Watch Program please contact Lieutenant Geyer or Lieutenant Cole at 732-566-2054.