Our Neighborhood is serviced by the
CMPD, Eastway District
3505 Central Avenue
Ph. (704) 336-8538 - Fax (704) 336-8538
Officer Wes Propts and Jose Campos are the community coordinator for Windsor Park and surrounding communities. Each response area has one or more coordinators, based on needs. The Windsor Park area is the largest of the three Eastway Divisions response areas which includes Central Avenue, 16 apartment/condo communities and the 2600 plus homes of Windsor Park. In addition this is the most culturally diverse area in the city.
CRIME PREVENTION -- Everyone's Responsibility
Tired of Crime? Is protecting your family, home, and community important? Then get involved and join the neighborhood crime watch. Get to know your neighbors, and talk to them often. Together we can make a difference. Your involvement is needed if we are to succeed in making Windsor Park a better place to live. Concerned residents and a strong police department help to make a safe neighborhood.
Our Children deserve a childhood; we deserve to live peaceably and unafraid!!!
The idea of neighbors caring about and for each other is an old "American way of life." Our approach with the citizens in our neighborhood will be to help them understand how to be more pro-active with their own safety; they do not have to live behind locked doors; they can communicate with one another; and they do not have to live in fear or to be indifferent. Our neighborhood Watch Program will be a community based action plan to lower crime, violence, and drug abuse by bringing residents together in partnership with local business and our police department and local government to reduce the fear of crime. It builds neighborhood leadership and increases the ability of residents and local businesses to resolve issues that affect public safety and the quality of life.
*Engrave your possessions with your driver's license number and make a written inventory. Take photographs of your jewelry, silver, antiques, art, etc. Keep a copy somewhere away from home.
Family Travel Safety Tips
from Sara Graham
Before heading off on a trip or vacation, remember these important safety tips:
Protect your home before you go:
- Keep shades and blinds in their normal positions.
- Have a neighbor pick up mail and newspapers or stop delivery service while you're away.
- Put timers on several households lights so that they turn off and on everyday at appropriate times.
- Arrange to have the lawn mowed.
- Be sure to lock all doors and windows.
- Installing security video cameras will allow you to monitor your home while away.
Packing for prevention:
- Clean out wallets and purses. Take only essential credit cards. Use credit cards or traveler's checks. Limit the amount of cash you carry.
- Carry purses close to the body. Keep wallets in inside front pockets.
- Pack as lightly as possible. Heavy and cumbersome bags weigh you down, making you more vulnerable to getting robbed.
Once You Get There:
- Don't display expensive jewelry, cameras, bags, and other items that might draw attention.
- Check maps before you go out so you can tour confidently.
- Stick to well-Lighted, well- traveled streets at all times.
- Always lock your car.
- Keep Valuables out of sight.
- Don't advertise that you're a tourist.
- Keep maps and guidebooks in the glove compartment.
- Other basic crime prevention rules apply:
- Keep an eye on your children.
- Make sure they know not to go with strangers.
- Make sure children know what to do if they get separated from you.
- Be sure that they know the name and address of the place you're staying.
Neighborhood Watch Block Club Program
A Block Club is a self-help cooperative effort to reduce crime and the fear of crime. This is achieved by citizens, businesses, law enforcement and local government working together. Members of a Block Club are not asked to be vigilantes or to assume the role of the police. However, they asset law enforcement by observing and reporting.
Things WE CAN DO:
1. Make sure your streets, businesses and homes are well lighted a. We can petition city for additional street lights where needed b. Duke Power will install additional light for $9.00 per month.
2. Make sure that all the youth in the neighborhood have positive ways to spend their spare time, through organized recreation.
3. Build a partnership with police. focused on solving problems instead of reacting to crises. Make it possible for neighbors and businesses to report suspicious activity or crimes without fear of retaliation.
4. Take advantage of "Safety in numbers" to hold rallies, marches, and other group activities to show you're determined to drive out crime and drugs.
5. Clean up our neighborhood and local businesses, involve everyone, teens, children, senior citizens and business owners. Be pro-active when it comes to Graffiti, litter, abandoned cars, and run down buildings, tell criminals that your care about where you live , shop and work and each other. Call the local public works department, neighborhood improvement, zoning, code enforcement inspectors and ask for help in cleaning up East Charlotte.
6. Ask local officials to use new ways to get criminals out of your building or neighborhood. These include enforcing anti-noise laws, housing codes, health and fire codes, anti-nuisance laws, and drug free clauses in rental leases.
7. Work with recreation officials and police for additional patrols in neighborhood Parks.
8. Develop and share a phone list of governmental agencies that will assist in our efforts to clean up and run out the criminal element in our neighborhood and businesses.
Duties of Community Crime Watch Members:
- Watch out for all vehicles, not just vans and trucks. Passenger cars, expensive, and inexpensive are also used by thieves. Be prepared with the license number of the car. Write down a general description of the car.
- Tell your neighbors when you are having work done, or when you are going to be away from home, even for a short trip. Become familiar with your neighbors cars. Any cars that you do not recognize should be considered suspect.
- Do not give out any information about your home or family over the phone.
- Do not advertises that you are living alone.
- Do not open your doors to strangers. Demand proper identification.
- Burglars know all the hiding places. Do not leave, or hide house keys outside of your house, or give keys to a repairman.
- Install double cylinder dead bold locks. Sliding glass doors should always be secured with a pin-type locking device or a "charlie bar."
- Keep garage doors closed and locked. Lock up any tools that can be used for entering your home.
- When you leave make your home look occupied.
- A barking dog is one of the most effective burglar alarms.
- Get Involved.
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