Crime Prevention Tips
Neighborhood Services is pleased to partner with the Police Department to provide our residents with helpful crime prevention tips. If you have questions or would like additional information about these tips, please call Officer David Kohlmeier at (702) 267-4495 or contact him by email.
Most communities' entrance gates have generic codes for their residents that are seldom, if ever, changed. While every community is different, Officer Kohlmeier with the Henderson Police Department’s Community Relations Office recommends that these generic gate codes be removed from the system.
Every homeowner has a gate opener that allows them entry into the community. Visitors can gain access by using the phone system connected to the callbox, which can be connected to either a landline and or cellular phone. By taking a moment to limit access to those who don’t belong in our communities, we can stop unwanted visitors and ultimately help decrease criminal activity.
Reporting Suspicious Activity
"If you see something, say something"
Designed to keep neighborhoods safe from terrorist activities, the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center Trusted Information Exchange (STIX) is a partnership between public safety agencies and the community. You and your neighbors can report suspicious behaviors and activities that make you feel uncomfortable or that look out of place.
The University of Nevada Las Vegas Institute for Security Studies (UNLV ISS) developed the Emmy® Award nominated video production titled “Nevada’s Seven Signs of Terrorism” in cooperation with State and local public safety and homeland security agencies. The video provides an informative walk through key behaviors and activities that are the hallmark of terrorist planning and preparations. Take a moment to watch the video and better understand how you can sharpen your observation skills and recognize the important role you play in helping us all stay safe.
Inactive Cell Phones Can Still Call 911
Over half of 911 calls originate from cell phones. This number will only increase as traditional phone service declines and cell phone adoption rates continue to rise. In the US and Canada, wireless phone operators are required by law to connect all calls to 911 services, whether the customer's account is active, past due or canceled.
Many of us have old cell phones in our homes right now. Why not take the time to charge those old phones and place them in handy locations such as your glove box or garage - just in case you need to call 911.
For those who have extra phones, the Henderson Police Department is actively collecting cell phones at all of their police stations. The phones will then be redistributed to those in need. Contact Officer Kohlmeier for more information.
Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Line
The Henderson Police Department encourages residents to make use of the Crime Stoppers of Nevada anonymous tip line to help ensure safety in the community. It is reported that the most common reasons people give for not contacting Crime Stoppers with vital information are:
The person in possession of the information does not care about the arrest of the suspects or solving the crime
They are unsure if the information they possess is important
They are unsure if police want the information
Remember, the police would rather investigate hundreds of tips that prove fruitless than have people withhold information that would ultimately turn out to be helpful.
In cases dealing with felony crimes, tips processed through Crime Stoppers that directly lead to an arrest or an indictment may result in a cash reward. Contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or online at crimestoppersofnv.com
Starting a Neighborhood Watch
Crime is not just a police issue - it's a community issue.
A Neighborhood Watch is a group of people who come together to be the eyes
and ears of the police. Since 1972, the Neighborhood Watch program has
united law enforcement agencies, private organizations and individual
citizens in an effort to reduce crime and improve our communities. Officer
David Kohlmeier explains, "We have great success with the Neighborhood Watch
program, but need more communities to participate".
The first step to starting a Neighborhood Watch is to request an informational packet. If, after learning about the program, you are interested in moving forward, an HPD Community Relations Officer will meet with you, your neighbors and your HOA board (if applicable) to discuss how it can be customized to your community.
To learn more about the Neighborhood Watch program or to request an informational packet, visit the website or call (702) 267-5100.
Pedestrian Gate Safety
We have explained the importance of frequently changing the codes on your vehicle gates, but what about pedestrian gates? These entrances use either traditional keys or punch keypads to allow entry into a community. Some haven't been changed in years, which means that those who have moved out of your neighborhood often still have access.
Officer Kohlmeier reminds you that traditional keys should be changed every six months. Keypad codes can be changed more often - every 3 months. Clearly, it is easier and cheaper to change a keypad code than a standard key; this is why so many communities have opted to make the switch.
"Implementing these changes will help keep unwanted people out of your
neighborhood", says Officer Kohlmeier. "I believe gated communities will
have fewer quality of life problems if they consistently work to keep their
pedestrian gates secured”.
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