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Orange County Community Watch Program
Services Provided by the Orange County Sheriff's
County's Community Watch Program was implemented in the late 70's, as
a crime prevention program aimed at involving a total community. The program
focuses on encouraging community members to form watch groups in given areas,
and to report anything suspicious or out of the ordinary in their area or
meetings, members discuss issues regarding security of their homes and
neighborhoods. Feedback is designed to provide the members with assistance
in protecting neighborhood property.
are encouraged to participate in projects such as property identification
via marking, photographing and, very importantly, listing all of their
valuables. Members are then encouraged to place their lists in a very safe
place. Members are also asked to participate in home security checks, these
participants are given advice on how different types of locks and doors can
help delay or withstand kicking or prying by suspects attempting to gain
program originated in England, in the early 1920’s. There, such
names as "Neighborhood Watch", "Crime Watch", and
"Lock Watch" were used.
general purpose of the program is based on the concept of people looking out
for one another. At the same time it lets potential criminals know
that someone is watching out for them.
is the foundation for crime prevention. The opportunity, desire and
ability to commit particular crimes are reduced at a specific location and
time. This creates an atmosphere that is conducive to deterring overall
program takes teamwork and effort on everyone’s part, including law
Fingerprinting and DNA samples of your children. At least twice a year we
will participate in an event and take fingerprints and DNA samples, for your
records. We'll also hand out Jr. Sheriff badges, and coloring books on
Why start a community watch?
Law Enforcement officers cannot always be on every street or road, citizen
involvement is very necessary in helping combat crime. On average,
there is approximately one law enforcement officer for every 1,000 citizens. Citizens
and their neighbors are the ones who know what is going on in their
community (s). By cooperating with each other and Deputies, citizens
can help fight crime in a most effective way - preventing victimization of
themselves, their families and friends. PLEASE GET INVOLVED!!
SCENARIO FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: February 2007 a community watch member
observed two suspicious people knock on the door of her residence late one
afternoon. The observant citizen waited for the people to leave and immediately alerted 911of her suspicions. Deputies
responded and conducted a traffic stop. The suspects in the vehicle had
various stolen goods and they were later convicted of larceny. The items
were recovered and returned to their owners. This is just one example of community involvement
solving crimes, what we cannot measure though is the number of crimes that
has been prevented by active community watch programs.
Active community watch does work to solve and prevent
Know your neighbors, know their vehicles and most of all, know
Starting A Community Watch
1. Contact the Crime Prevention Deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's
Office about setting up a Community Watch Program. Deputy Butch Clark can assist
you with information, materials and technical advice.
2. Schedule a meeting with your neighbors in a church, home, community
building, volunteer fire department or other location.
3. Invite the Crime Prevention deputy or another law enforcement officer to
meet, speak and aid you in the organization your group. We will gladly do all we
can to help you to get YOUR COMMUNITY WATCH PROGRAM started.
4. Contact every resident in your community and invite them to the meeting.
Do this by making door-to-door visits, phone calls, or mailing flyers.
5. Hold your meeting.
6. Remember this is your community watch and we are here to help you, as you
will certainly be helping us prevent crime.
How to Maintain An Active Community Watch
Regularly scheduled neighborhood meeting allows members to be kept up-to-date
on "what's happening" in their neighborhoods.
From time-to-time have neighborhood/community get-togethers. Have a big
social at a member’s house and get to know one another better. Meetings are
for business and some socializing, but the cookouts, barbecue, softball games
and picnics have a more personal effect and aid in building a strong sense of
Finally, have days when all members of the community come out and help
"clean-up" the area. Take the time to walk the streets and pick-up
trash, brush and other items. Also, if a neighbor needs help with maintaining
their yard, get together and help as a group.
Remember, in order for a crime to occur, three elements must be
present: Desire, skill, and opportunity. These yield the commission of the
If you do all that you can do to eliminate the opportunity
for a person to commit a crime by protecting your home using the tips above, you
minimize the chances that your home will be broken into.
Ready to start or participate in a community watch?