Neighborhood Watch

The main objective of the neighborhood watch is to reduce the incidence of crime by:
  • Increasing citizen's awareness of burglary and other neighborhood crime through a continuing information program (literature distribution)
  • Training citizens in the means of better property security and assisting them in making their property more secure (operation identification and security surveys)
  • Developing a neighborhood action program where neighbors help watch each other's property and report suspicious persons and activities to law enforcement agencies (neighborhood watch)
  • Encouraging all citizens to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in reporting crime
  • Enlisting each home / apartment / business in operation identification
Neighborhood Changes
In recent years, neighborhoods have experienced rapid changes. The old, well-established neighborhood has been replaced by a highly transient, growing community where people seek more and more privacy. This life-style tends to promote unfamiliarity with neighbors and corresponding lack of concern. Unfortunately, this enhances the opportunity for the criminal element and increases the community's vulnerability to crime.

This condition dictates the need for crime prevention program, which will enhance neighborhood security, heighten the community's power of observation and encourage mutual assistance and concern among neighbors.

Reporting Suspicious Activity
Call 911 or 410-848-4646, immediately when you observe suspicious activity. Do not worry about "bothering" us. Do not worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove unfounded. Think instead about what could happen if you do not act. Some areas of suspicious activity:
  • Suspected drug violations
  • Suspected residential criminal violations
  • Suspected business criminal violations
When calling the Westminster police department crime and drug tips line 410-857-TIPS, you will receive a recording, after which you may leave your message about a crime or drug violation(s) either anonymously or by leaving contact information.

What You Can Do
And for more details on the above information, learn what you can do in the Neighborhood Watch.