Racine Neighborhood Watch Inc. invites you to join us in making 2018 the Year of Crime Prevention and Safety. Racine Neighborhood Watch shares these new year’s resolution tips to help keep you and your neighborhood safe from criminals:
Lock it. Each time. Every time.
Do a routine safety check of your door and window locks. Do they work? Are they secure? Install quality deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. And use them.
Lock your car door every time you leave the vehicle even if it’s just for a moment. If you need to pre-warm your car on a bitterly cold day, do not leave it unattended and unlocked.
If you have a garage, use it. Lock your garage door. Lock your vehicle doors even when it’s in the garage. Remember to lock the service entry door into your home as well.
Be on scammer alert:
Scammers often pretend to be people who you respect, know and trust. If you receive an unexpected phone call or email demanding an immediate money payment, especially by wire transfer or gift card, don’t do it. Scammers will intimidate you and scare you into divulging account information or sending money, or rush you into signing some sort of contract. If it is a legitimate request, honest business people, family and friends will give you time to research and think about a decision. The thieves won’t wait; they will move on to their next victim.
Don’t believe your caller ID. Technology makes it easy for scammers to create fake ID information, so the name and number you see aren’t always real. If you don’t recognize an incoming call, let it go to voicemail. If you pick up and the caller is offering you free services or prizes, or is demanding money, hang up. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
Report suspicious behavior and people to the police:
You are the resident expert of who and what belongs in your neighborhood, and who and what doesn’t. Pay attention to the people and places around you. If someone or if something appears suspicious, seems out of place or not quite right, do not hesitate to call the Racine County Communications Center non-emergency number, 262-886-2300 to report it. If in doubt, let police check it out.
Stay connected with your neighbors:
Get to know your neighbors. Good neighbors are the basis for great neighborhoods.
Start a Neighborhood Block Watch. Block watches are one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime. A Neighborhood Block Watch relies on the best crime-fighting tool ever created — a good neighbor. It depends on a communication network among all block watchers, law enforcement and Racine Neighborhood Watch. Positive neighbor-to-neighbor and neighbor-to-law enforcement relationships strengthen a true sense of community.
If you are part of a Block Watch, make sure to regularly communicate with neighbors.
Make it a habit to check on elderly neighbors, especially during inclement weather.
Since 1982, Racine Neighborhood Watch has been organizing and empowering residents to create safe, friendly, and attractive neighborhoods throughout the Racine community, and to take responsibility for the neighborhoods in which they live by building positive and productive community-law enforcement relationships through our local Neighborhood Watch meetings, programming, and events.
To find out about additional safety and crime prevention tips or to learn more about how to start a Neighborhood Block Watch, call Racine Neighborhood Watch at 262-637-5711.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the 7th annual “Take a Taste Out of Crime” wine, beer and Wisconsin cheese tasting fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring St. Expanded venue. Free parking.