Joining the Fairfield Harbour Neighborhood Watch program is the best start for neighborhood security. See “Join The Watch” to become a member.

 

The “Crime Doctor” in an article entitled Burglary Prevention Advice by Chris E McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM on http://www.crimedoctor.com/home.htm states:

 

 

According to the FBI, a burglary occurs somewhere in the United States every 15.4 seconds. By definition, the crime of burglary is a non-confrontational property crime that occurs when we are not at home. However, becoming a burglary victim can leave a family feeling vulnerable and violated.

 

The majority of home burglaries occur during the daytime when most people tend to leave their home. The summer months of July and August have the most burglaries with February having the fewest crimes. Burglaries are committed most often by young males under 25 years of age looking for items that are small, expensive, and can easily be converted to cash. Favorite items are cash, jewelry, guns, watches, laptop computers, VCRs, video players, CDs and other small electronic devices are high on the list. Quick cash is needed for living expenses and drugs. Statistics tell us that 70% of the burglars use some amount of force to enter a dwelling, but their preference is to gain easy access through an open door or window. Ordinary household tools like screwdrivers, channel-lock pliers, small pry bars, and small hammers are most often used by burglars. Burglars continue to flourish because police can only clear about 13% of all reported burglaries and rarely catch the thief in the act.

 

Although home burglaries may seem random in occurrence, they actually involve a selection process. The burglar's selection process is simple. Choose an unoccupied home with the easiest access, the greatest amount of cover, and with the best escape routes.

 

Now, how do we stay away from being one of the statistics described above?

 

Remember, those looking for possible illegal activities know the neighborhoods that watch out for each other and the neighborhoods that don’t. The posted Neighborhood Watch signs indicate Fairfield Harbour is not as easy target. It tells the strangers this community has taken the necessary steps to deter crime.

 

A good relationship with your neighbors is a significant benefit when it comes to neighborhood security. You can’t always be home, so it can be a great comfort to know that others are looking out for you.

 

Getting to know your neighbors, their habits, the cars they drive, their phone numbers and what kind of pets they may have is probably one of the most important aspects of a successful Neighborhood Watch program. Knowing these characteristics of your neighbor's lives will allow you to respond accurately and quickly to any out-of-the-ordinary situation.

 

Even if you don't need specific help, always tell a trusted neighbor if you are going to be gone for a few days.

 

Throughout the neighborhood, are all trees and shrubs pruned and well maintained to prevent anyone from hiding behind them? Do any trees, lattice work or other structures provide easy access to upper floors? Any ladders, tools kept outside assisting any potential intruder in more secluded areas?

 

Determine if high bushes and shrubs from around vacant houses, especially under windows and next to doors, can be removed (with permission). Keep your yard free of overgrowth.

 

Trees located near windows or shrubbery that might shield a burglar from view can be major flaws in your home-protection plan. Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs.

 

What is Suspicious Activity in the neighborhood? Suspicious is an event taking place that is out of the ordinary or should not be occurring. Knowing your neighbors, their habits, and the composition of their households will make it easier to recognize and report any suspicious activities occurring in your neighborhood.

 

Consider greeting new neighbors that move into the neighborhood, providing them with neighborhood watch material and updating the watch list.

Have your Watch group identify the neighborhood's strengths and weaknesses and then make suggestions on what members can do to improve the security of the community.

 

Our program also allows you to be better prepared to respond to a suspicious activity. Part of the Neighborhood Watch program is training on how to report suspicious activities occurring in your neighborhood and what law enforcement officers need when a crime is being reported and why.


Besides the obvious "lived-in" look, don't get into a habit of only doing certain things only when you're not home. Chances are good you can tell when your neighbor isn't home. Remember it's a burglar's job to know the same things. Most professional criminals can tell nobody's home at least four or five houses away.

 

Also, don't forget to participate in events like National Night Out (sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch the first Tuesday in August).

 

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