A big part of our Crime Prevention program comes from our Volunteers In Patrol (VIP),
neighbors who patrol in pairs and provide the police with extra eyes and ears in
If you are going out of town and would like the VIP’s to specifically patrol near
your house and to pull any flyers off the front door, please email email@example.com.
Let us know your address and the dates you will be out of town. Your email will
only be seen by VIP’s. Please contact Mark Moynahan, (214) 826-7297, if you have
Wilshire Heights neighbors know that our neighborhood enjoys a relatively low crime
rate. Much of that is due to the weekly Crime Watch emails that keep us informed
and remind us of the active steps we can take to reduce our risk. But another part
of our Crime Prevention program comes from our Volunteers In Patrol (VIP), neighbors
who patrol in pairs and provide the police with extra eyes and ears in the neighborhood.
Currently, about twenty neighbors have gone through the four hour training class
and donate two hours of their time each month.
The VIP program is an alternative to the more expensive Extended Neighborhood Patrol (ENP) program where an off-duty
police officer patrols in a marked squad car. With ENP, the cost of the officer’s
pay, the squad car rental and time on the police computer can run up to $30,000
annually and requires a financial commitment from the neighbors. The VIP program
is a non-confrontational program designed to help neighbors patrol with increased
observation and to provide more specific details in the event of a 9-1-1 call. Our
patrollers call 9-1-1 when they see something suspicious, but the most common issue
reported is finding a garage door left open. As innocuous as an open garage door
seems, alerting a neighbor in these cases has probably avoided a crime like a theft
from a garage, or worse, a residential burglary.
The action of patrolling with our
Crime Watch signs and the yellow flashing light advertises to the visitors to our
neighborhood – the construction workers, deliverymen or passersby – that we are
active in our crime prevention effort. It can be a factor when a criminal is looking
for an easy, low risk target and makes them look elsewhere.
While it would be impossible
to reduce our crime to zero, we feel that the VIP program has helped keep our crime
low in Wilshire Heights. Our volunteers agree that the time commitment is minimal,
and it’s a great way to get to know the neighborhood and other neighbors. Along
with the Crime Watch emails and our active, involved neighbors, we’re keeping Wilshire
Heights a great place to live.
If you are interested in joining the VIP program,
please contact the VIP coordinator, Mark Moynahan, at (214) 826-7297.