Members of the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department have confirmed that burglaries and robberies have been on the rise. They are currently working with the Redwood City Police Department to provide additional resources to residents.
Starting a neighborhood watch program, they said, could be helpful. Additional information is available on the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department website.
Neighborhood watch groups are formed by residents who want to be proactive in preventing crime. Members keep a watchful eye as they are going about their day to day activities and pay close attention to suspicious activity. Law enforcement officials say alert neighborhood watch participants are very helpful when it comes to spotting unlawful behavior.
Persons who are interested in forming such a group are reportedly encouraged to go out and meet their neighbors. Get their names and numbers and coordinate a day or evening to discuss the neighborhood watch. It is recommended that a liaison be named in order to have a point of contact between the group and the department. Citizens can also provide additional information and training when it comes to spotting and reporting suspicious individuals and/or activity. Some people have opted to form foot patrols that will walk streets or apartment complexes at various points during the day and night.
For more information on the Neighborhood Watch Program visit the SMSD or Redwood City PD websites.