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A recent national survey showed that a burglary is committed every eight seconds in this country. We at the Lodi Police Department are committed to reducing these crimes.
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention/opportunity reduction program where citizens bands together and work with the Lodi Police Department to combat crime, specifically, but not limited to residential burglary.
Neighborhood watch groups can take away the criminals opportunity by following the four “D’s”.
1. Deter. Ways to deter criminals include:
- Nosy neighbors
- Citizen’s patrol
- Whatever makes you feel safer, makes the offender feel more at risk
- Know your neighbors
2. Deny. Make it hard for the criminal to get in your home.
- Keep doors and windows locked
- Close your garage door
- Keep landscaping cut back from entrance ways and windows
- Don't give a criminal an easy target
3. Delay. Make your home look “lived in” even when you are out.
- Use timers for lights, TV and radio
- Don’t draw or close completely all shades, blinds or curtains
- Have a neighbor or friend pick up all mail, newspapers etc.
- Have the neighbors mow your lawn if you are on vacation or away for an extended period of time
- If you work, have a neighbor pull your trash can up to the house on your trash day
- If you're gone, have a neighbor park their car in your driveway
4. Detect. Be observant of your home and surroundings.
- If your home looks like it has been burglarized, don’t go in. Go to a neighbor's home and call the police
- Report suspicious activity