What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch focuses on informing the community how to discourage, deter and prevent crimes such as burglary, auto theft, car break-ins, and personal crimes which often occur in or near homes. Issues such as vandalism, graffiti, drug dealing and gang activity are also addressed when applicable.
The Southampton Town Police Department's Community Affairs Unit has provided NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH presentations to neighborhood groups for several years. Although crime trends have changed, the basic principle behind NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH remains the same; to bring communities together with the police to achieve the common goal of preventing crime.
How Can a Meeting be Arranged?
To request a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, call Community Affairs at (631) 702-2247. A member of the Unit will work with you to schedule the meeting date (usually at least four weeks notice is required). Invitation notices will be sent to you to distribute to your neighbors.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meetings are scheduled in advance and last approximately 2 hours. At least SIX homes must be represent in order for the meeting to take place. Most meetings are held in your home or at a neighborhood facility.
What Happens at the Meeting?
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives of the Southampton Town Police Department to discuss and work to solve problems in your community, or to keep the problems from starting in the first place!
Through this positive, pro-active program, you will learn facts about:
- Police sectors
- Duties of officers
- Crime trends in your area
- How to react to suspicious or criminal activity
- How Southampton Town’s 9-1-1 system works
- Recommended security measures such as...
- Types of locks
- Operation Identification
- and MUCH more!
Do You Know...
- That most residential burglaries occur during DAYLIGHT HOURS?
- How burglars can tell at a glance which homes are EASY TARGETS?
- What to do if you see a suspicious person on YOUR STREET?
- Why personal property which has been engraved with a driver's license number is LESS LIKELY to be stolen?
- That crime rates in NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH communities can be greatly reduced through the simple, common sense measures you can learn by attending a Neighborhood Watch meeting?
The SOUTHAMPTON TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT is anxious to work with you to “TAKE A BITE OUT OF CRIME?”
It begins with a meeting...
...and ends with a safer neighborhood
For additional information contact:
Lieutenant Susan C. Ralph
Southampton Town Police Department
110 Old Riverhead Road, Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Tel: (631) 702-2247 | Email: Sralph@southamptontownny.gov