Neighborhood Watch

Crime prevention is not, as many would believe, a new topic. It is only recently though that police departments across the country have come to realize that preventing crime in specific neighborhoods is one solution to the increasing burdens placed upon their shrinking resources.

The Seville Police Department is no exception. With an increasing workload, it is imperative that measures be taken now to keep crime in your neighborhood in check. Many people, especially those living in larger cities, believe that crimes are just a fact of life and accept it as fact that there is little to be done about the problem. They cite the fact that there are only so many police and too many thugs and grow accustomed to reading about the problems in their areas, in fact 23,000,000 U.S. households were victimized by crime in 1991, 24% of the population.

The truth is, however, that neighborhoods and individual citizens can make a difference.

Neighborhoods with active crime resistance programs have experienced great success in reducing crime in their area. These anti-crime programs include friendly "neighbor watching neighbor" programs in urban areas to roving citizen patrols in high crime neighborhoods.

Crime Resistance
Crime resistance is not a topic that needs to be taught. We all know what it is that we should do to prevent crime in our neighborhoods, we have heard it all before a hundred times: lock your doors; keep your garage door closed; use timers on your lights when you leave; don't give information out over the phone and on and on and on. However, few people actually practice these time proven techniques.

Where are your children at this very moment? Who are they with? What do you know about their friends? Is your garage door closed? Is your house locked? Do your windows and sliding glass doors have pins in them to keep them from being jimmied open? Do you lock your car doors every night? Do you place your belongings inside each night?

Few people could answer the questions above truthfully and still say that they are doing everything that they could do to prevent themselves and their families from becoming a victim of crime. Look around your neighborhood tonight and count the number of garage doors that are left open and the number of bikes left laying in front yards and then imagine what a burglar or vandal would see.

Crime Prevention
Crime prevention is not a matter of attending a meeting, locking a door or calling the police. It is a way of life that becomes second nature. It is an attitude; a way of thinking and behaving that is passed on to other neighbors and to your children. It is an understanding of the problem and a commitment to do something about it. It is healthy, civic involvement in the neighborhood where you have chosen to live and to raise your family. It is the understanding that while the police department is concerned about the problem, we can't do it alone. In the United States, there are only 2.2 full time police officers for every 1,000 citizens