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Crime Stop: 262.6151
The police have divided the city neighborhoods into Community Action
areas. We are in Area 51, and Area 41 south of the freeway.
COMMUNITY ACTION OFFICERS (CAOs)
CAOs help form neighborhood Block Watch and Fight Back groups; perform security evaluations at homes and businesses; give community presentations on crime prevention; teach safety to kids in schools; resolve neighborhood problems by bringing in city agencies to help; and help solve crimes by providing patrol officers and detectives valuable tips.
The police have divided Phoenix neighborhoods into Community Action
areas. Because of our unique location straddling I-10, F Q Story is in
Ben Harris #8275
Community Action Officer
Mtn View Precinct
Mario Ancich #4013
Community Action Officer
Central City Precinct
Misdemeanor and liquor license issues -
Officer Armida Gonzales #6190
Central City Precinct
Here is a link to the Phoenix PD part of the City website. Lots of news and info on programs, etc.
Online Crime Search Tool
This article is from the July 14, 2014 edition of the Republic:
Phoenix residents can now use a new crime-mapping tool that allows users to filter crime statistics by crime type, date, location and other details.
Traffic: Want to find out just how bad the traffic is on the freeways? Check out ADOT's traffic cameras.
WHAT IS BLOCK WATCH?
Here are definitions from around our continent.
The Block Watch program fights the isolation and separation that crime
creates and feeds upon, it forges bonds among area residents and businesses,
helps reduce burglaries and other crime, and improves relations between
the police and the community they serve.
—BLOCK WATCH SOCIETY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
Block Watch is a powerful yet simple program that really works, when neighbors
make it work. It promotes neighborhoods where people talk to each other
on the street, in their yards, in their homes, or by using a telephone
tree. There is more crime in neighborhoods where people mind their own
business and stay to themselves. These two types of neighborhoods have
differences that are obvious to the "bad guys". I guess you know
which type they prefer.
—City of Kent, Washington
Becoming acquainted with your neighbors.
Working together to solve problems in your neighborhood.
Helping the police by being aware of and reporting any unusual activities as they occur. You know best what is "normal" activity in your neighborhood.
Learning to prevent and detect crime in your neighborhood and taking the necessary steps to make it safer (i.e. utilizing locks, lighting, etc.)
Reporting suspicious persons. NOT apprehending, leave that for the police.
Looking out for your neighbors.
—Chandler, AZ PD
A block watch is a self-help, anticrime program in
which the key to success is community involvement.
Citizens act as "extra eyes and ears" to report crime and suspicious activity to the Police and to each other in an organized manner.
Block Watch does not require exposing yourself or family to any dangerous situations.
Block Watch means communicating with your neighbors to improve the quality of life on your street.
Block Watch means getting to know others who are willing to help keep your territory safe. Working as a group, you can accomplish more than as an individual.
—New Haven, CT /Yale Block Watch
WHAT IS BLOCK WATCH NOT?
Block Watch members are NOT vigilantes. They are the extra eyes and ears
crimes and helping their neighbors. Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other’s homes and the neighborhood. They report activities that raise their suspicions to the Police Department.
Block Watch does NOT promote intervention.
Block Watch is NOT Phoenix Neighborhood Patrol, another local program that trains groups from interested neighborhoods in observation skills, criminal codes, police procedures, and drug recognition through non-confrontational methods. For additional information on the neighborhood patrol program, go to http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/bwonpa1.html
PERSONAL SAFETY RESOURCES
Child Print ID Kits
Our Community Action Officers have, in the past, provided us with Child Print ID Kits. These kits, printed by Brinks Home Security, allow parents to store fingerprints, dental information, DNA information, etc, to be used in the unlikely event the child is missing.
Information to give your babysitter so s/he will be more safety conscious while watching your children is at http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/babysi1.html
Phoenix Police Department
Following is a sample of the kinds of helpful information which is available on the Phoenix PD website. Go to the site for even more information.
Identity Theft Victim’s Packet
Information, form letters, recommended actions for victims of identity theft are available on the Phoenix Police Department website at the following address: http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/idtheft_packet.pdf
Document Crimes – ID theft, credit card
fraud, forgery & the like
Information on preventing and responding to a variety of crimes categorized as Document Crimes is available at http://phoenix.gov/POLICE/dcd1.html
Be prepared to help police recover your property in case you are burglarized. Download a property inventory form from the City's web site. List your personal property details that can help the police in case of a burglary.
Questions about whether a particular car is
stolen or not?
Go to http://theftaz.azag.gov/ and type in license plate number or VIN number to see if a car has been reported as stolen. In that same vein, here's a vehicle description form. (pdf)
Rewards of up to $250 are available to people who report graffiti crimes after an arrest or other successful resolution is made.
Questions about whether an alarm company is
on the up and up?
Each alarm company doing business in the city of Phoenix is required to be licensed by the city. To find out if an alarm company or an alarm company agent is licensed, go to
OTHER SOURCES YOU MIGHT INVESTIGATE FOR CRIME PREVENTION INFORMATION
ARIZONA ATTORNEY GENERAL
MARICOPA COUNTY SHERIFF
ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
LAW ENFORCEMENT WEBSITES
Also check out az.gov/webapp/offender
Stolen vehicles: Enter the license plate number of a possibly stolen vehicle to see if it is listed on the site. if so, call the law enforcement agency that listed it as stolen.
Check out DUI convicts
At Silent Witness, you can search for a perp based on physical characteristics such as hair and eye color.
Sheriff Joe has an online database listing 30,000 people with warrants in Maricopa County.
This was submitted by Liz on
the message board: I called Suspicious Activity line. Here is what I was
told. That number only records the call-in info..it is NOT put on the official
police "blotter". You have to ask for a police officer to call
you back before it gets noticed.
A police officer gave me some interesting info. Anyone of us can call for a day or night patrol. We have to call and ask for it but they will include the area in question as part of their patrol route........ Maybe those of you with on-going problems can use this to slow down some of the stuff going on in your alleys or around your homes.
Here's the number: 495-5005. Ask for a PATROL WATCH.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: CRIME STOP:
262.6151 (For nonemergency, suspicious activity)
CRIMES IN PROGRESS: 911