Long Bar Harbor September 2009 Neighborhood Watch Section 2 Volume 1, Issue 1 My Daily Crime Prevention Home Checklist: ⇒ Did I Lock ALL Doors? ⇒ Is the Doggie Door Secure? Crime Prevention Yes, it’s true, Crime can be neighbor‟s garage door is just enough that the window ⇒ Did I Lock ALL of the prevented in most instances. open, take a moment to let can still slide, but cannot be Windows? Just that one extra step you them know. lifted out of the track. This take can usually help curb prevents the window Remember, the door has to ⇒ Did I put a Dowel in the crime. In order to help you removal burglaries. Always be all the way down; Window Tracks? prevent crime in your make sure the window is otherwise, someone can Neighborhood, we are asking latched too. easily slip underneath and ⇒ Are my Valuables Hidden you to use the checklist on into your home. Always When you get a new toy for from Sight? the left side of the page, read keep the door between the the home, especially any through the following tips, house and garage locked too! type of electronics item, be ⇒ Are the Curtains Closed? and use as many as you can. The Striker Plate for all sure the box is not taken out We know that “Layers of doors should have at least to the curb intact for garbage ⇒ Is there a Radio or TV Protection” are what really 2.5” to 3” screws to prevent pickup. Many times burglars playing? help. For instance, locking the door from being kicked roam through your your doors is one layer of in. neighborhoods „shopping‟ protection and setting the ⇒ Did I set the Alarm? for the homes that have new alarm would be an additional Windows are easy to secure and often expensive items. layer. with layers of protection. ⇒ Is the Garage Door Closed It‟s always important to be a With the nice cool evenings, The box by the curb tells Completely? them what you have inside! good neighbor too! Don‟t it is important to double Cut all boxes up into small invite crime into your check that the windows have My Daily Crime Prevention pieces that can go down neighborhood by leaving been shut before leaving. A Work Checklist: inside the trash can, or better items out in the open to be round dowel in the track will yet, the recycle bin! easily stolen. Be sure the help to keep it from being ⇒ Did I Lock my Vehicle? Garage Door is closed at all slid open. In addition, you times when it is unattended. can put a screw up inside the ⇒ Are all the Windows up all If you notice that a upper track that sticks down the way? ⇒ Did I bring ALL Neighborhood Watch Valuables inside? Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in ⇒ Did I put a Steering Wheel North America. In the late 1960s, an increase in crime heightened the need for a crime Lock on? prevention initiative focused on residential areas and involving local citizens. The National ⇒ Did I Set the Alarm? Sheriffs' Association (NSA) responded, creating the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement. In 2002, the NSA in partnership with USA Freedom Corps, Citizen Corps and the U.S. Department of Justice launched USAonWatch, the face of the revitalized Neighborhood Watch initiative, which represents the expanded role of watch programs throughout the United States Halloween Safety Tips To help ensure this Halloween is Toy weapons, wands, Plan your child‟s route a safe and happy holiday for you brooms, etc. should be and visit only homes in and our children, here are some made of paper, your neighborhood that things to be aware of. cardboard or extremely are well lighted. flexible material; they Establish a time for them Costume Suggestions are safer than plastic, to be home. wood or metal. Travel in a group or with Choose a light or bright Put the child‟s name, an adult colored costume and put address and phone reflective tape on the number on the inside of costume. their costume in case of Make-up or face paint is an accident or lost child. much safer than a mask Make sure wigs and because it doesn‟t obstruct costumes are flame “There is nothing funny vision. resistant about Halloween. This Don’t Forget Your Pets sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal Leaving your pets outside on Candy wrappers, such as your pet is receptive to Halloween is not a good idea. tin foil, can get stuck in this kind of thing, you demand for revenge by There are plenty of tales of your pets digestive tract could be causing it people who tease, injure, steal, and make them ill or stress and discomfort; no children on the adult torture and even kill animals cause death. There are masks for your pet. on Halloween. Not to mention If you‟re having a party, world” that dogs and cats can scare plenty of recipes for homemade dog and cat it‟s best to put your pet easily with all the trick-or- treats to make for them. in a room with food and treaters coming to your house. Tails and curious cats water for the night, can accidentally knock away from the Here are some tips to keep over candles or Jack-O- festivities. Even the your pets happy on Halloween: Lanterns and start a fire. best tempered animal They could also burn can get snippy with a lot As much as your pet may themselves. of people, noises and beg you for Halloween If you are going to dress music around candy, remember that your pet in a costume, chocolate is deadly to keep in mind that unless them. Tell Your Children Check for holes or loose Soft candy should also Be cautious of strangers wrappers; pour powdered be cut up into pieces and animals. candy into a container and before eating. Don‟t play pranks. look for discoloration or Homemade treats should Damaging other lumps. not be eaten unless you peoples‟ property is a are absolutely sure they crime. Don‟t eat opened candy, came from a safe source. If your child is the fruit, etc. unless you Some hospitals will x- victim of a crime (stolen know the person it came ray treat bag contents. candy, intimidation, from. Check with your local threats, etc.) either talk Wash fruit, and then cut hospital for additional to the suspect‟s parents into bite-sized pieces. information. or call the police. Mission Statement It is the mission of the Long Bar Harbor's Neighborhood Watch Program, through the assistance and sponsorship of the Harford County Sheriff's Department, to involve and unite residents, community leaders and businesses in forming a partnership in Jorgen Palmbak order to maintain a safe and enjoyable community for all to work, live and recreate. PHONE: (443) 303.2838 Through community involvement, education and volunteer service, citizens will CELL: effectively make individuals in the community safer, stronger and better prepared to (757) 435.2616 respond to the threats of crime, public health issues, terrorism and disasters of all E-MAIL: kinds while building pride and unity. Jorgen.firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose Neighborhood Watch is simply a program of neighbors watching out for each other during the workday, evenings, vacations or any other absence. The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch program is to create an alert neighborhood by using simple crime prevention methods. The program works through the mutual aid of neighbors watching the property of other neighbors. This has several advantages, including the fact that your neighbors know who you are, what type of car you drive, and who belongs, as a rule, at your residence. A patrol officer driving by your home might not recognize someone as a stranger in your yard. However, an alert neighbor would recognize the person as a stranger. They could then call 9-1-1 to alert police of the We’re on the Web! suspicious activity. Neighborhood Watch does not promote vigilantism. Members of See us at: www.palmbak.com/index.htm Neighborhood Watch groups are never asked to put themselves in harms way to prevent crime. They should only observe and report suspicious activities to the Police Department.