Nahant Crime Watch
Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for neighbors.
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.
addition to recognizing potential suspicious activities, Crime Watch participants
report such activity by calling 911. After calling 911, also notify your
Crime Watch Chairperson or neighborhood voice mail. All of this doesn't
make you a nosy neighbor - it makes you a good neighbors 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.
Crime watch does NOT mean being a vigilante. Participants do not confront
suspects or take any personal risks at all.
Watch doesn't take a lot of time or money. Contact your Block Captain
or area Chairperson to find out specifically what Crime Watch can do for
you and what you can do for Crime Watch. Some basics are:
- Keep Informed
Attend area Crime Watch meetings, read the Crime Watch materials provided
to you, and if your neighborhood has "Crime Alert" voice mail,
call it regularly to keep informed. 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,
Pitch in to help whenever and wherever you can in the area that interests
Watch doesn't cost alot, but some costs usually are involved, such as
printed materials, voice mail, or meeting costs. Some groups ask for
a small amount of dues from members; many others rely only on contributions
from their neighbors. Even a small contribution may make a huge difference
in your Crime Watch group. Give if you can.
proven crime prevention measures will go a long way toward keeping you
from becoming a crime victim:
your home's doors, garage, and windows shut and locked at all times.
your outdoor lighting.
leave lawn equipment or toys outside or in an open garage.
car doors locked and windows shut while driving and when parked.
keep valuables in plain view inside your car.
behind when turning into your neighborhood or apartment complex and
again before turning into you alley or driveway. If someone is in close
proximity, drive past your home to a well lit and populated area to
that as many crimes occur during daylight hours as at night. Don't let
your guard down because it is day.
someone to pick up mail and newspapers daily.
to have your lawn mowed or leaves raked.
better, have someone stay in your home while you are away, if this
simple doesn't it? But it works!
will be more aware of the types of crimes in your area and how to prevent
them from happening to you.
will learn about crime prevention techniques to make your family, property,
and neighborhood safer.
and your family will feel safer, which may be almost as important as
actually being safe!
will meet more neighbors and develop new friendships.
will have neighbors who will look out for your property when you are
away and vice versa.
will have a sense of accomplishment from doing something about crime.
knows? - you may just turn your neighborhood or apartment complex back
into that old "Beaver Cleaver" kind of neighborhood where
everyone knows each other.
us for more information.
aware of what is suspicious.
report any suspicious activities and crimes to 911 and then inform your
knowledgeable about area crimes and the related prevention tips.
simple crime prevention measures to avoid unnecessary crimes.
area crime watch meetings.
with your area Crime Watch organization.
Officer Armand Conti
Crime Prevention Officer
Nahant Police Department