The Arcadia Police Department's Neighborhood Watch program is administered by the Community Affairs Office. The mission of the program is to educate community residents regarding their roles and responsibilities in the prevention of crime and to encourage them to take active measures to prevent crime. The program calls upon residents to step forward and assist the police in organizing the community into a cohesive unit working toward the goal of building a safer, crime-free neighborhood.
Neighborhood Watch groups discuss neighborhood crime problems with the objective of developing solutions to local problems. Arcadia Police Officers supply crime information to neighborhood watch organizations and instruct these groups in various crime prevention techniques.
As an Arcadia resident, the Neighborhood Watch program is an opportunity for you to take part in reducing crime in Arcadia and increasing your safety by:
Participating in neighborhood watch
Increasing your safety knowledge and awareness
Getting to know your neighbors and neighborhood
Our most current campaign is "See Something - Say Something" which means if you see unusual activity in your neighborhood don't wait to alert law enforcement. Pick up the phone and call the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5123 or Dial 9-1-1 immediately. Alert police to anything that may look suspicious. APD wants to ensure your safety and your call to alert an officer is the best way that you can report important information.
Community Services Officer
We know from the Arcadia Police Department that there has been a significant increase in residential burglaries in the Highlands in the last two years and the trend is continuing in 2017.
One of the Department’s senior officers told us that a fairly common tactic of these criminals is a man and a woman will drive up the street in a fairly expensive car with the man laying unseen in the backseat. The nicely dressed woman walks up to the front door and rings the doorbell. If someone opens the door, she will typically make up some remark about making a mistake and quietly leave. If no one opens the door after a few rings, she will motion discretely to the man in the car that no one appears to be home. The man will then walk to the back of the home and break in.
Another tactic burglars are using involves two story homes where the alarm system covers the first story only. Since many burglars know this, they will gain access to a second story window or balcony and break in.
1) Establish a strong Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood to look out for suspicious cars and visitors. Call the Police Department if you see something suspicious.
Remember: “See something, say something.”
2) Install a good alarm system that arms and monitors exterior doors and easily accessible windows. If you have a second story, alarm sliding doors and other accessible windows. Test the system on a regular basis. Make sure the company’s signs are visible from the street.
3) Always turn on your alarm system when leaving home or retiring for the night. Lock all exterior doors and windows. including the garage.
4) Consider getting a dog. Thieves don’t like dogs.
5) Form a safety committee in your neighborhood to discuss solutions and approaches for crime prevention.
6) Consider keeping a locked car parked in your driveway.
7) Inform your alarm company, neighbors and the Police Department when you will be away from home. Ask someone to pick up your mail and newspaper.