If you know of criminal activity, are a victim of a crime, or notice anything out of the norm, there are several reasons to share this information with your fellow neighbors.
- Reports lead to increased vigilance. We know of one Dana Shores resident who reported a lady slowly driving up and down his street in the early morning hours. This neighbor was on the lookout for suspicious activity after having read about several recent break-ins. His tip allowed the sheriff’s department to question the driver, and this ultimately led to their taking down a twenty-person crime ring responsible for numerous home invasions here, in Westchase, and across several other communities. Several residents have similar stories. An organized effort goes a long way to stopping crime.
- Reports raise neighbors’ awareness. This knowledge helps each of us take the necessary precautions to keep our family and valuables safe.
- Reports allow us to perform trend analysis across similar incidents. Are there specific months, days of the week, or times of day when we seem to have problems? The systematic collection and analysis of data allows us to understand criminals’ patterns and take proactive measures to stop them.
- Reports help us gather additional clues and information from other neighbors (such as surveillance video) for law enforcement to use in their investigation.
Although we request your contact information, an option also exists to submit information anonymously.