SEAL Security Hotline: 832-408-0200 (24 hr.)

Our Community is patrolled by the S.E.A.L. Private Security Firm. We have been given a dedicated 24/7/365 hotline. 832-408-0200.  Please keep this number handy. You should have received a magnet at your home with this number, if you did not, please contact the office. For an immediate emergency use 911 as usual. All other calls may be made to the Security Hotline 832-408-0200.

VACATION INFORMATION

It would be a horrible end to your vacation to come home and find that a crime had been committed against your property. This form will alert S.E.A.L. to your absence, and let him know who is allowed to be on your property while you are away.   Vacation Form

Resident Guidelines

1. Be an aware and concerned neighbor. If something does not look right, report it!
2. Follow the basics of the Neighborhood Watch program (listed below).
3. Know your neighbors. Take particular notice of vulnerabilities of your block (i.e.; no one home during the day, entrance obscured from the road, etc.).
4. Know how and whom to call in an emergency. Call your block captain. Never take matters into your own hands! Always report emergencies to the proper authorities and let them handle it. Do not panic. Use common sense.

Procedure to Report Crimes to S.E.A.L. 832-408-0200

It is extremely important that you become thoroughly familiar with the following instructions, so that when the need arises, you can properly report suspicious activities, crimes in progress, or emergencies. Be prepared!

1. IDENTIFY YOURSELF – Name, address, phone number.
2. TYPE OF CRIME – Burglary, assault, suspicious person, etc.
3. IS THE CRIME IN PROGRESS??
4. WHERE IS IT? Address, landmark if no address.
5. IS THE SUSPECT ARMED? With what? gun, knife, etc.
6. DESCRIPTION OF PERSON OR VEHICLE – Be specific.
7. WHAT DIRECTION VEHICLE OR PERSON IS TRAVELING?
8. HOW ENTRY WAS MADE – Door, window, etc.

Neighborhood Watch

This Neighborhood Watch information contains important information that can help keep your home and family safe and secure. You can click the blue “Block Captain Corner” button above to see maps that indicates the current block captains and section leaders.  A Neighborhood Watch Reporting form is available for you to record when you report or receive information on suspicious or criminal activity. It is very important that the correct information be recorded and passed on regarding any incident that has occurred to your block captain, DVCA Security board member or the DVCA office manager.

ALWAYS REMEMBER NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY. BY GETTING INVOLVED, YOU WILL HELP KEEP OUR COMMUNITY SAFE AND SECURE.

Many communities maintain Neighborhood Watch programs to assist in crime prevention. Through the Neighborhood Watch program, neighbors keep an eye on each other and each other’s property and report crime and suspicious activity to the law enforcement agency. All of us living in Deerfield Village are concerned about the safety of our families and homes. The purpose of Neighborhood Watch program is to raise the level of awareness and concern toward crime prevention and to create active participation between residents and law enforcement officers in the fight against crime.

Neighborhood Watch works in a pyramid manner. If a resident observes a crime in progress or suspicious activity, they would report it to the S.E.A.L. office (832-408-0200) and then notify their block captain. The block captain would then call the section leader, who would notify the Security Committee Chairperson or the DVCA office manager, with details of criminal or suspicious activity. However, Neighborhood Watch is more than just a chain of communication. It is being concerned for ourselves and others by keeping an eye open for suspicious activity secure in the knowledge that our neighbor is doing the same for us.

The key to a successful Neighborhood Watch program is getting to know your neighbors, knowing when they are home, what car they drive, etc. This helps us to notice irregularities around Deerfield Village. There are several section leaders who interface with about our block captains. Each block captain is responsible for about 12-14 homes. Block captains maintain information about neighbors on their block such as names, addresses, and home and work telephone numbers, for use in contacting them when the need arises. Our Neighborhood Watch also has automobile identification decals to assist residents and officers in recognizing resident vehicles.

HOW THE TELEPHONE CHAIN WORKS:

1. Determine from neighbors the best time to call and relay the information. Ask whether they wish to be called during the night in an emergency, (i.e., burglar running in the general direction of the neighbor’s home).
2. Report anything suspicious to the S.E.A.L. office. 832-408-0200They would prefer to spend 10 minutes checking out a call then 10 days following up on a crime that has already been committed.
3. If you do witness a crime in progress, first call the S.E.A.L. office then notify your block captain as soon as possible in case the suspect is still in the area. The block captain sets a visual perimeter “fence” around by calling others in the chain. This could aid S.E.A.L. in tracing the suspect if he attempts to flee the area.
4. The block captain then notifies the section leader as soon as possible after setting up a visual perimeter. This is helpful should the area of search need to be broadened. The section leader then alerts the other block captains and the Neighborhood Watch coordinator, currently George Hintz. His contact information is: email- GRHintz@att.net or phone: 281-463-1244
5. As a Neighborhood Watcher, you are considered to be the eyes and ears of the S.E.A.L. office. The importance of your contribution cannot be over emphasized.

YOUR PART IN THE CHAIN

· Keep a pen and paper by the phone at all times to write important information that has been received. Call the S.E.A.L. dispatch at832-408-0200! The S.E.A.L. office will have an officer out very quickly.

· Be brief and concise in all calls. Discuss only the issues at hand.

· Relay information exactly as it is given. Do not add or delete information given to you.

· Repeat the information back to the person for accuracy

· MAKE THE CALLS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!

· If you have been victimized, or have seen a suspect or vehicle reported in the chain, call your block/section captain or chairman ASAP and advise them.

HOW TO MAKE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH WORK

1. Talk it up! Keep people thinking about crime and Neighborhood Watch. Remind your neighbors of the importance of reporting suspicious activity promptly to the S.E.A.L. office. 832-408-0200
2. “Socialize”! The most effective Neighborhood Watch groups have been in areas which are socially active, (i.e., block parties, picnics, sporting events, etc.). Also getting to know your neighbors and developing friendships is a key to being aware and concerned about each other’s welfare and threats to their security.
3. Maintain a clean community. Studies have shown that the appearance of an area is influential in discouraging intruders. Sometimes psychological barriers can be as strong as physical ones.
4. BRIGHTEN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!! While many burglaries occur in the morning and early afternoon, a number of them occur at night and almost all vandalism occurs at night. The best deterrent to nighttime criminal activity is LIGHTING! Use automatic timers to turn your indoor lights on when you are going to be away. This measure is also more psychological than physical, but it works!
5. Attend the monthly Security Committee meetings, currently held at the DVCA recreation center on the first Tuesday of each month. Be knowledgeable about area crime and the related prevention tips.
6. CONSIDER BECOMMING A SECTION LEADER OR BLOCK CAPTAIN. Refer to the “Outline of Responsibilities and Duties“.

MAINTAINING THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM

It may be difficult to keep up the enthusiasm of the Neighborhood Watch program. As crime is lessened in the area, residents then become less interested in attending meetings while still remaining concerned about crime.
As crime is lessened within the community, residents may broaden the scope to maintain the functioning of the group. Residents may concern themselves with the total quality of living in the neighborhood. Community pride may be a strong motivation in maintaining the program.

RESIDENT INVOLVEMENT IN PROTECTING THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS THE PRIMARY CONCERN OF AN EFFECTIVE AND SUCCESSFUL NEIGHBORHOOD  WATCH PROGRAM.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND THE THEORY OF REDUCTION OF OPPORTUNITY:

Most residential crimes occur because the opportunity to commit a crime exists. Opportunity can be divided into two categories:
1. The opportunity created by the victim through carelessness, lack of attention to security and failure to cooperate with neighbors.
2. The opportunity created by the criminal by skill, ruthlessness and daring.
The latter category describes the professional criminal. It is believed by law enforcement that a small minority of crime is a result from the professional criminal. The bulk of crime involves skilled or unskilled amateurs and centers on opportunities created by the victims themselves.

DO NOT FORGET THE KIDS

Teach your children about crime prevention. While they are outside playing, they see things that adults may not notice. Make sure they know to tell parents or or a S.E.A.L. Officer about anything suspicious.

YOUR BEST PROTECTION IS PREVENTION