One of our Neighborhood Watch Block Captains has issued a fun challenge to her block to go outside their home after dark and look at the homes across the street. Look at your own home too, from across the street, at night. Is your exterior lighting doing the trick? If you have motion sensors, are they set up properly to light dark spots and potential hiding spots? Are there burned out bulbs? Are your light covers dusty and due for a cleaning? Exterior lighting is an important component of crime prevention. Criminals do not want to be seen and reported by alert neighbors who will call 911 or 242-COPS. Good lighting helps eliminate potential trip/fall hazards too.
Go out tonight and see what your home would look like to a criminal – an easy target, or a hardened target? Check your block overall — maybe your block is ready for a Light It Up Challenge and a pledge to keep exterior lights on all night for a safer block.
To start a Neighborhood Watch, call APD Crime Prevention Manager Steve Sink at 244-6644 to get a Starter Kit or call me, 323-4644, if you have questions about the program or to reinvigorate a lapsed Neighborhood Watch group. These groups help police and communities and are very effective.
Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist, APD/Foothills Area Command 323-4644 or firstname.lastname@example.org