On August 4th, residents of Chesterfield hosted our first community led Neighborhood Watch meeting! The meeting opened with Jordan Moreno singing The National Anthem! Jordan is a Chesterfield 7th grader with an incredible amount of talent, and we were so lucky to have her there! Drew, Callie, and Emily were our flag holders that took respect for the flag very seriously! I am so proud of these young people getting involved in our community!
Our community has the LARGEST turn out that Corporal Megan Ott has ever seen, and we were asked if our contact information could be given to other communities to see how we have been so successful! Chesterfield Residents, YOU did that by spreading the word and talking to your neighbors. Thank you!
Corporal Megan Ott spent 2 hours educating us on what to look for, how to be successful, roles everyone can take part in, and answering questions from the residents.
There are 2 types of Neighborhood Watches:
“See Something Say Something Campaign”
This type of Neighborhood Watch is the majority of the community reporting any suspicious activity they see to the police. Suspicious activity would include, but is not limited to the following:
- a home being entered by someone during the day or night that seems out of place. call your neighbor and ask if someone is supposed to be there if you can and/or call the police.
- accessories being removed from the home
- vandalism of a home or common area
- flashlights on in the house at night. Sometimes kids are playing flashlight tag, so please check with your neighbor if you can by phone.
- heavy traffic at a home throughout the day and night that seems suspicious
- someone soliciting that you see checking the door handle after knocking or walking around back. Back door sliders are common areas a home is broken into.
- someone that seems out of place in the community walking or driving around. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Call the police!
- kids throwing rocks at homes and damaging property
- Trust you gut! If it seems out of place it probably is and you should report it.
Ways to Report Suspicious Activity:
If it is an emergency ALWAYS call 911. DO NOT ENGAGE! When you call 911 especially if it is a neighbor you have to live across the street or next door to and they are not on a different street, please ask them not to send an officer to your house. They will find another means of contacting you to follow up such as meeting elsewhere if necessary or by phone.
You can also call the non- emergency number if it is a concern that does not require immediate attention. The non-emergency number is 410.222.8610. Please save it in your phone for future use.
Also, if you are a BLOCK WATCHER, after contacting 911 if it is an emergency, report it to your BLOCK CAPTAIN. Your BLOCK CAPTAIN will turn it into the ADMIN who will be your liaison between the community and the police department. We will cover BLOCK WATCHERS, BLOCK CAPTAINS, and the ADMIN further down in the “Neighborhood Watch Patrol” section.
What kind of information will the police need from you?
- what happened?
- when did it happen?
- where did it happen?
- was anyone hurt?
- description of the person and/or vehicle (clothing, height, gender, ethnicity, tag number, make/model/color/old or new/defining marks of the vehicle.
Please do not put yourself in harms way to find any of this information. Please get as much information as you can safely get without getting near or engaging with the individuals. We are EYES and EARS only, and we all have loved ones who need us to be okay.
“A Neighborhood Watch Patrol”
Chesterfield Residents, when we start something we never settle for halfway! We are a community who goes all the way, every time because we are powerful together!
What does patrolling mean?
Patrolling means that you will either walk or drive around your block area on a scheduled time and report activity. We DO NOT recommend walking alone at night especially for your safety unless you are in a group. The BLOCK CAPTAIN reports activity to the ADMIN and to 911 if it is an emergency. If it is an emergency, call 911 BEFORE contacting the ADMIN.
We will have an online system that BLOCK CAPTAINS have access to for the schedule and sign up times. The times will vary depending on what is going on in the community at certain times. You can also request a different time based on your schedule if those times do not work with your schedule. The schedule cannot be shared with the public because we don’t want people doing activities in areas or times that they do not see a neighbor on the schedule to patrol.
What is the role of the ADMIN, BLOCK CAPTAIN, and BLOCK WATCHER?
ADMIN: will create the schedules in the online system, receive reports of any activity from the BLOCK CAPTAINS, the liaison between the community with the police department, etc.
The ADMIN will also send out a report as often as necessary updating the BLOCK CAPTAINS on who has been reported having suspicious activity, houses that have been reported, vehicles, and areas and times that receive suspected illegal activity.
BLOCK CAPTAINS: will patrol their block at a time that they put on the schedule either by walking or by driving. The BLOCK CAPTAIN will also be the point of contact for the BLOCK WATCHERS to report all activity they see and/or have reported to 911 or the non-emergency number. The BLOCK CAPTAIN will pass all the information along to the ADMIN so that information can be followed up with the police department and the other BLOCK CAPTAINS.
BLOCK WATCHERS: will commit to watching out for their neighbors in their immediate area, reporting suspicious activity to their BLOCK CAPTAINS. If it is an emergency situation, please call 911 and do not wait to update your BLOCK CAPTAIN first. Once you have called 911, please inform your BLOCK CAPTAIN so that they have the information to pass along to others.
What are the rules of participating in Chesterfield’s Neighborhood Watch?
- DO NOT ENGAGE! This means chasing someone, stopping someone you suspect is doing something wrong, going onto others property, approaching an individual, chasing a car, etc.
- Do not carry a weapon of any kind when patrolling or watching your block.
- Reporting suspicious activity
What happens if I break the rules?
Chesterfields Neighborhood Watch BLOCK CAPTAINS who engage, carry a weapon, violate the privacy of the schedule, are suspected of illegal activity of their own, or do anything that could cause harm to themselves or others could be immediately removed from Neighborhood Watch by the ADMIN.
How do I join Neighborhood Watch?
Sign up today by clicking the link below. If you are interested in being a BLOCK CAPTAIN, please fill out and sign the conduct and liability waiver and return it to your ADMIN, Jessica, via email (Jessica@chesterfieldresidentsllc.com) or in person.
Block Captain Sign Up Form
Block Captain Conduct and Liability Waiver
If you are want to commit to being a BLOCK WATCHER, please click the link below to sign up to commit to watching out for your neighbors and reporting it to your TBD BLOCK CAPTAIN.
Block Watcher Sign Up Form
If you have already signed up at the community meeting or the neighborhood watch meeting, you do not need to sign up again. If you signed up to be a BLOCK CAPTAIN, please send in the conduct and liability waver below.
Block Captain Conduct and Liability Waiver