By: Joshua Timothy On: September 15, 2020 In: Latest News Comments: 0

In 1829, Sir Robert Peel penned the “principles of law enforcement,” which contains nine short principles that are as relevant today as they were in 1829. One of those principles says, “The police are the public and the public are the police.” In other words, the police rely on the citizens and the citizens rely on the police.

Neighborhood watch provides an opportunity for citizens to help realize this principle. Neighborhood watch draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbor a hand. Not only does neighborhood watch help in the fight against crime, it provides an opportunity for neighbors to bond through service.

Getting involved in neighborhood watch can be informal or a formal organization. Start today by getting to know your neighbors, know what cars drive on your street, spend some time on your front porch watching what is happening around you and enjoy an ice-cold lemonade, secure your home by keeping your garage door shut, make sure anything of value is taken inside at night and turn on your exterior lights. Organizing a neighborhood watch can be as simple as starting a social media page dedicated to your neighborhood. If you would like assistance starting an organized neighborhood watch program, send an email to: cop@sjc.utah.gov and we will assist you through the process. Together we can make our city a safe community.

If you see suspicious behavior, for example, a person opening mail boxes, checking doors, walking around the exterior of a house, or a car driving unusually slow, call (801) 840-4000 and an officer will respond. Officers would much rather investigate suspicious activity than respond to a citizen who has been a victim of a preventable crime.