If you are leaving town:
If you suspect anything out of the ordinary, see suspicious people, or see suspicious activity in the neighborhood: call the VBPD non
emergency number, 757-385-5000. Give them a description of the person or persons and describe why you feel they are acting suspicious. If you see an actual crime being committed or about to be committed, call VBPD at 911 immediately.
Some of us may be hesitant to report suspicious people or vehicles fearing that we will be regarded as “snoops”. Your own neighbors are your single best security device. The greatest deterrent to a would-be criminal is the fear of getting caught. Each concerned citizen is another pair of eyes to let the criminal know that he is being watched. You are a vital part of Neighborhood Watch. One or two people cannot watch 907 homes. It takes all of us to do our part. Thank you for doing your part it’s paying off.
From the "Lake Smith Ripples" January newsletter:
It only takes a few minutes for a burglar to go through your home and take what they can carry out. Security systems, the best locks and the biggest dog won't stop anyone that is determined to break in. That is why it is so important for neighbors to watch out for each other.
Ask yourself, what would make my house one that a burglar would not want to hit?
• Check sliding-glass and garage doors and windows. Are they vulnerable?
• If you hire anyone to do work inside of your home check all of your windows when they leave to ensure that they have not been unlocked to provide easy access back into your home by an unscrupulous worker.
• Be cautious when you hire anyone to do any chores in or outside of your home. They may do some work while checking out your property for things that they or their friends can come back later and steal.
• Lock it up. Too much of the crime is the result of people leaving vehicles sheds and garages unlocked.
• If you leave a one-hundred-dollar bill laying on your car seat there is a chance that someone who sees it will break the window and take off with your money but if you cover that bill with a hat or something else the chances of your window being broken, and your money stolen will be greatly reduced. Hide your valuables.
• Record serial numbers. If you have anything of value stolen, having a record of the serial number is your only chance of recovering it.
• If burglars believe they would be in full view of neighbors, they will avoid your home.
Another program that goes hand in hand with Neighborhood Watch is the Citizens Advisory Committee. The Citizens Advisory Committee is a program that brings Civic Leagues from the 3rd Precinct together to discuss their concerns. Meetings are held the third Thursday of the month at the Williams Farm Recreation Center, 5252 Learning Circle, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 at 6:30PM.
Everyone is welcome. The 3rd Precinct Commander gives a report of the past months crime and is available to help with any issues that you may have. Various city departments are represented and available to address your concerns. The meetings are usually over by 8 p.m.
There seems to be an increase in the number of bogus emails & phone calls --- you've won a lottery, some foreigner needs to send you millions of dollars or you need to update your credit card information, all with the objective of taking your hard-earned money. These communications will generally ask you for personal information and/or a payment in advance of receiving something or may indicate a need to update your account by obtaining personal information. This is called “phishing” (as in “fishing for information” and “hooking” victims) a scam where internet fraudsters send email messages to trick unsuspecting victims.
Never respond to or act upon e-mails, phone calls, or select web links from any unknown source that requires you to provide, update, or verify personal, financial, or other confidential information.
Remember if it sounds too good it is probably a scam
Sam Hribal, Civic League Vice President