|Your Neighborhood Watch will only function and be as good as your
neighbors commitment to the program. Contact the Police Department's Community Services Officers at 339-6300 ext.1249 for information on how to start your own
Starting a Neighborhood Watch:
Neighborhood Coordinator Responsibilities:
Distribute anti-crime information to citizens within your neighborhood or community regarding how to prevent and deter crime.
Hold public meetings with your local law enforcement agency about crime in the community and what can be done about it.
Conduct home security surveys to help detect and prevent fellow citizens’ homes from being burglarized.
Welcome new members to their neighborhood and encourage them to join in the Neighborhood Watch Program.
Set up a special watch or escort for senior citizens or other potential victims.
Provide "McGruff Houses" for young people to go to after school or in time of an emergency to avoid being hurt or mistreated.
Develop a special
"vacation watch" program, where specific attention and observation is
placed on the residences that will be vacant when the occupants are on
Contact the local newspaper and/or media for public attention regarding the crime prevention efforts in your neighborhood.
Have an "Operation
Identification" program, where citizens within the neighborhood mark
their valuables with identifying markings, so they can be recovered if
Make sure each residence
has Neighborhood Watch literature and a valuables property record so
they can start marking and recording their valuable property and making
their homes more burglar proof.
New neighbors are brought into the program and appropriate literature is given to them.
Be the representative of
your block to the Cape Girardeau Police Department Crime Prevention
Officer for continued updates on literature and crime information in
Watch and Report in Your Neighborhood:
As a neighbor, your main
job is to be observant of anything that may be suspicious. For example, a
strange car in the neighborhood, suspicious people, etc.
Get to know your
neighbors. Learn when they will be on vacation and pick up their mail
and newspapers for them. REMEMBER: Always make homes appear as if
someone is at home.
Call the Cape Girardeau Police Department on any suspicious circumstances at 335-6621 option 1 or 911 for emergencies.
Watch and Report in a Business or Office Area:
- A stranger entering your neighbor’s house when it is unoccupied.
- Strangers or strange cars in the neighborhood, school or parks.
- A stranger carrying appliances, household goods or other bundles from your neighbor’s home or yard.
- Persons loitering in secluded areas.
Watch and Report in Any Location:
- Broken or open windows.
- Persons entering or leaving a business after hours.
- Persons displaying weapons such as guns, knives, etc.
- Persons walking down the street, looking into parked cars.
- Any vehicle parked by a business with the motor running.
- Persons who get out of the car and leave in another with apparent haste.
- Anyone removing accessories, license plates, or fuel from a parked car.
- Persons involved in fighting.
- Any injured person you observe.
- Persons screaming.
- The sound of breaking glass or any loud explosive noises.
- Persons offering merchandise at ridiculously low prices. It may be stolen property.
Many conditions are such that immediate
police assistance is not needed. You may want to document information on
suspicious vehicles and persons in the area. This information can be
passed on to the appropriate division for investigation.
The Cape Girardeau Police
Department would like to thank you for your support and interest in this
very important program. For more information contact our Community Services Officers.
Patrolman Michael Kidd
573-339-6300 ext. 1249
Patrolman Cody Farrow
573-339-6300 ext. 1271
To leave an anonymous tip, call 339-6313 or use this form.
For urgent nuisance issues, call 573-339-6621 ext. 1
Visit ncpc.org for more about the National Crime Prevention Council Neighborhood Watch program and its history.
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