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Free Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Trainings

Tue, July 18, 2017 11:02 PM | Anonymous

Dear Crestwood Residents -- 

Please see the message below from Samantha Nolan, the Citywide Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Trainer. I have attended one of her trainings, and there are a ton of great tips to stay safe, and I have used many of them them at my own home.  

I encourage everyone to attend if they can.  Let me know if you have any questions. 

There will be a Free Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Training held on:

August 7, 2017 

Fourth District MPD Station

6001 Georgia Avenue NW--the next block to Wal-Mart

7:00 pm. 


August 12, 2017

East Washington Heights Baptist Church

Corner of Alabama Avenue and Branch Avenue SE

Basement entrance


Come learn ways to decrease the likelihood of your becoming a crime victim. About 80% of crime is preventable through simple changes in behavior.  Pictures of crime scenes will be explained as to the behavior that caused the crime to be committed at that location, or on a particular person.  If we can eliminate the Crimes of Opportunity, our officers can spend more time working to solve and prevent more violent crimes rather than sitting in squad cars writing reports for laptops left in cars and then stolen.

Forming a Neighborhood Watch on your block can help eliminate crime.  If everyone on the block knows the residents on the block, and a buddy system is established, individuals who do not live on the block will become more obvious.  If they are entering a home where neighbors know they do not belong, or where neighbors are away on vacation, the homeowners can be called to see if everything is ok, and if not, then call 911 to report a possible crime in progress.

By forming a Neighborhood Watch, neighbors help neighbors not only by watching their homes, but by being available during emergencies, illnesses, lock-outs, and gatherings. Neighbors who care for each other are more likely to get involved when a crime is being committed by observing and reporting. As block captains, however, we are not vigilantes, but we are vigilant and report crimes to MPD.

If you would like to learn ways to help our city decrease crime and at the same time decrease your likelihood of becoming a crime victim, please attend this training.  To attend, please send your name to me, Samantha Nolan, Citywide Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Trainer at and specify which training you would like to attend.

I look forward to meeting you at a training.

Thank you.

Samantha Nolan

Citywide Crime Prevention/Neighborhood Watch Trainer

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