In 2012, the Signal Hill Police Department re-established our Neighborhood Watch Program. Neighborhood Watch has long been recognized as the nation’s premier crime prevention and community mobilization program built upon the concept of a town watch from Colonial America. A neighborhood watch may be organized as its own group or may simply be a function of a neighborhood association or other community association. Like the town watchman of Colonial America, each citizen must take an active interest in protecting their neighbors and be willing to give their time and effort to this volunteer activity. Neighborhood Watches are not vigilante organizations. When suspecting criminal activities, members are encouraged to contact authorities and not to intervene.
Our new Neighborhood Watches were successful in 2012-2013 in reporting suspected criminal activities including a residential burglary that was thwarted with the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of the victims’ personal property.
The police department has also engaged in a program to make access to the Department and officers easier and more user friendly. The Police Department’s Mobile Command Post is periodically staged within local neighborhoods as part of our Neighborhood Substation for a Day and Coffee with Cops Program wherein residents can meet our officers in a friendlier and less-intimidating atmosphere than the police facility. Officers provide crime prevention literature and child fingerprinting as well as a hot cup of coffee. Police Command Staff also make themselves available to the public at informal gatherings at local restaurants through our Coffee with Cops Program.
The police department also offers our popular Vacation Watch Program where our VIPs and officers will keep an eye on your property during periods of vacation and provide information on how to mitigate potential problems while you are away.
For more information on crime prevention or to start a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood contact Lieutenant Ron Sagmit at (562) 989-7207.