Neighborhood Watch/Neighborhood Watch Patrol
Tips To Make Your Home Safer:
Lighting: Bright lighting around your home will make it less vulnerable to thieves. White LED lighting is recommended because it shows the true colors of clothing, features, etc. Make sure your lights are on at night!
Storm Doors:These provide another barrier between you and someone trying to break in. Theives like easy, make it as difficult as possible.
Signs and outside displays: A sign from an alarm monitoring company, visible security cameras- working/monitored or not- Beware of Dog signs all of these things give an appearance that your home is guarded, monitored and not a soft target! Put a lock on your gate- even if you do not use it a quick glance gives the appearance that they cannot just walk in and climbing the fence is work! Many of our homes came with security systems, often these will still work to make noise even if they are not monitored. Try yours and test it, if it works, then use it! Not having it monitored usually just means that emergency vehicles will not automatically be dispatched. If you do have a monitored system, be sure to get your yearly Alarm Permit from the City- it is $17.00 per year. Park in your garage, or if you cannot, LOCK YOUR CAR! Do not leave valuables in the car or visible.
Do Not Live In Fear!: Don't panic! Take a breath, identify what disturbed you, identify where it is coming from. Call 911! Do not worry that it might not be anything, because it might be SOMETHING! Their job is to check out anything suspicious or that generates fear.
Request a Police Report: Any time you make a call and an officer comes out, ask for their NAME and BADGE NUMBER and for an INCIDENT REPORT NUMBER. If they do not find anything, they will often just note a disposition in the log, but not make an actual report. This will not generate increased patrols in our area.
Tips for Creating a Safer Neighborhood
Know Your Neighbors:Get to know your neighbors! You are each other's best resource! Watching out of your neighbor while they are watching out of you is often one of the first indicators that something is not right. We are usually inside our house, or at work, or activities. Your neighbors may see things that you do not.
Attend HOA Events: Attending HOA events is an excellent opportunity to get to know others in the neighborhood and will allow the neighborhood to connect so that information can be shared. At these events you can get to know the Board of Directors members, become familiar with Neighbors that are part of the Neighborhood Watch Patrol and make new friends while having fun!
Join a Neighborhood Group:La Sonata has a Facebook Group and a Nextdoor app group. Information is frequently shared in these groups.
Lighting: Report any streetlights that are out. Reports can be made by phone, by email or through the website at www.okc.gov/residents/action-center . There is also an app you can download.See Something, Say Something: Report suspicious activity. Report it to the police and to the neighborhood groups. Take the time to note details. Details can be important, especially if someone behaving suspiciously leaves the area before the police arrives.