WHAT IS CRIME WATCH?
Founded in 1992, the Town Creek/Forest Meadow Crime Watch Program has always been funded by the generosity of those homeowners who choose to join. Even during economic downturns, it has remained one of the most progressive and successful neighborhood crime deterrents in the Dallas/FW area. Continued success, however, depends upon the number of residents who remain or become new members.
Crime Watch employs off-duty Dallas Police officers (at an hourly rate), in marked DPD vehicles (rented at an hourly rate) to patrol our neighborhood streets and alleys at random hours – some daytime, some at night. There are statistics (published in our monthly Crime Watch Reports) documenting deterrence and prevention of criminal activity, thus protecting our homes, automobiles, loved ones and overall property values. Because funding for this program is voluntary, it is tempting for some to financially coast while receiving some of the member benefits by virtue of living in Town Creek or Forest Meadow. Naturally, the Crime Watch Advisory Committee and the HOA Boards would like to encourage everyone to join and receive all benefits. Together, we can more effectively reduce crime in our neighborhoods!
WE NEED YOU!
Crime Watch is a voluntary, paid-membership organization that is open to all residents. The formula is simple – the more members we have, the more patrol hours we can afford. The Crime Watch Advisory Committee attempts to schedule patrol hours thought to be most critical. It stands to reason, more paid-in members, more patrol hours. And our officers will be the first to tell you what a remarkable deterrent the Crime Watch program really is. With everyone’s participation, criminals who seek easy targets are unlikely to target our neighborhood.
- Using our proprietary number (available annually to CW members only), cell phone and voice mail access to the Crime Watch patrol officer on-the-clock in our neighborhood. Remember, the greater the number of CW members , the more patrol hours will be scheduled and the more likely you are to get a quick response when making that CW call! In addition to voice calls, text messages and texted photographs can be used.
- Extra patrol attention to your home while you are away traveling. This includes checking windows and doors, removing flyers, securing packages and newspapers from view).
- Response times of only a few minutes when our officers are on duty instead of hours. (We advise always first calling 911, then the Crime Watch number.)
- Timely assistance for emergencies.
- Email alert system featuring crime alerts as we are informed, appropriate news from neighboring communities and monthly crime summaries.
- Investigation of suspicious persons and activities while they are happening, not hours later. Fast response time (when the officer is on duty) can mean the difference between catching a criminal in the act and waiting for hours to fill out an incident report.
- Investigation of unknown parked vehicles
- Monitoring the flow of students through our neighborhood
- Crime Watch Signage for home exterior
- Overseeing personal safety for late-night home arrival
- Open garage door alerts
- The convenience of adding the patrol cell phone number to your “call” list for your home security system.
- Officer assistance to complete and file official DPD crime reports.
Remember: Crime Watch dues pay for off-duty Dallas police officers to patrol our streets and alleys in a DPS squad car between 50 and 100 hours per week (depending upon funding through CW membership dues). These officers are armed and can make arrests and issue citations. They patrol both in the marked car and on foot at various hours during the week.
HOW TO JOIN
For about $1 per day, Crime Watch members receive all of the above important personalized services for their investment.
One Annual Payment: $350 (annual savings of $30)
Two Semiannual Payments: $180 (annual savings of $10)
Four Quarterly Payments: $95