Dog Walker Watch
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HOW CAN I STAY SAFE?
- If you are walking your dog at night bring a flashlight with you.
- Always carry your cell phone if you have one.
- Walk in groups. There is safety in numbers.
- Be a good witness and do not approach suspects. Call the police and let them do their jobs.
- Walk different routes. Never continuously have the same routine.
- When you leave home lock your doors and leave the lights or a television on to create the impression that you or someone is home.
- Always lock your car doors so you do not become a victim.
- Remember your safety is what is most important. Do not jeopardize your safety for any reason.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Contact Captain James Buie at 514-7960.
SUFFOLK CRIME LINE
Anyone with information regarding any suspected criminal activity is asked to contact Crime Line at 1-888-Lock-U-Up. When calling Crime Line, callers do not have to give their names or appear in court.
Citizens can also utilize TipSoft to anonymously ubmit crime-related tips through the Web, a text message, or from any Android or iPhone mobile device with the TipSubmit mobile app.
Tips can be submitted by visiting www.suffolkva.us/crimelinetips, or by texting the word “CRIMES” (274637) with the keyword SPDVATIP. TipSoft also supports users’ ability to submit videos or photos using the TipSoft mobile app. If information leads to an arrest, the caller or “tipster” could qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.
Dog Walker Watch (DWW) is a crime awareness program sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), who also proudly sponsors National Night Out.
Residents in neighborhoods across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights, and spend the evening outdoors with neighbors and police on Tuesday, August 2, 2016.
Thanks to the hard work of the entire community, Suffolk’s 2015 National Night Out received Second Place in the nation in our population category; the highest honors from the National Association of Town Watch for any city in the state of Virginia. In fact, we continued our award-winning tradition, and earned our tenth top five finish in a row after National Judging in our Population Category! For more information contact Diana Klink at 757-514-4104. www.suffolknno.com
WHAT IS DOG WALKER WATCH?
The Dog Walker Watch crime awareness program is designed for neighbors who are familiar with their community and out in the neighborhood on a regular basis anyway, whether walking with or without a dog. Unlike a community watch program, Dog Walker Watch requires no commitment beyond an individual’s regular routine. Individuals who participate in this program are trained on how to effectively observe and report suspicious or criminal activity and are the “eyes and ears” for local law enforcement agencies.
THE GOAL OF DOG WALKER WATCH
Let criminals know that dog walkers are vested in their communities and they DO REPORT suspicious activity. Criminals will then go elsewhere! 95% of police arrests are the direct result of a citizen’s phone call.
WHY IMPLEMENT A DOG WALKER WATCH?
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of dog walkers throughout the community at all times of the day, all days of the week, in all types of weather conditions. With a small amount of training and information these dog walkers can become the eyes and ears of the community to help make their communities a safer place to live.
HOW DOG WALKER WATCH WORKS
The program trains you how to effectively observe and report criminal activity as you are routinely out in your neighborhood. Those who know the neighborhood best (you) now become more aware and less hesitant to report suspicious activity.
- People are not suspicious, behavior is!
- Unusual Behavior: Looking into cars, canvassing, walking towards the rear of property or looking into mailboxes.
- A vehicle parked in an unusual location.
- An occupied vehicle that may not belong.
- A vehicle cruising the neighborhood at slow speeds.
- Apparent business transactions occurring from vehicles.
- School age children walking around the neighborhood during school hours.
- People not dressed for weather conditions (long sleeve shirts, gloves or hoodies in the middle of summer).
- Vehicle(s) traveling through neighborhood at night with no lights on.
- Residences with large amount of foot and vehicular traffic during all times of day and night.
- Individuals knocking on doors asking questions that do not make sense.
- Disturbances where a child or person is resisting the advances of another.
- Carrying large items such as TVs, microwaves etc. down the road or sidewalks.
- People who do not appear to have a destination or are just wandering about.
- Solicitors who refuse to provide business credentials or a business number so you can call and confirm his or her identity. Any legitimate solicitor will provide those things.
- If you believe something is wrong it probably is. Trust your gut and call your local police department to check it out.
- When Should I Call 9-1-1?
Call 9-1-1 if you see a crime in progress! Otherwise, call suspicious behavior into the non-emergency line at 923-2350.
REMEMBER: You are not bothering us. 95% of police arrests are the direct result of citizen’s phone calls. This is a partnership. Law enforcement needs the community as much as the community needs law enforcement!!
WHAT TO KNOW WHEN YOU CALL
- The nature of your call (Why are you calling)?
- Where you are (street name, landmark, numerics).
- Who you are - to include name and phone number.
- A good description of your suspect (race, gender, clothing, any weapons, physical
We want our citizens to own this program. If you decide to participate as a part of Dog Walker Watch, send us a selfie of you and your dog out in your neighborhood “on patrol”. We will be using your pictures in our promotional materials for National Night Out.