Block Watch- Reporting Suspicious Behavior

Debra Wehr of the Phoenix Police Department offers some good advice for reporting suspicious or criminal activity:
First and Easiest, If a crime is in progress call 911 IMMEDIATELY. Give the dispatcher detailed information as to what you are seeing. Be a good witness and give gender, race, a physical desription and clothing of the people involved. If a vehicle is involved give make, model, color and the license plate if possible. Do not place yourself in harms way to get this information. Do the best you can from a safe location and distance. If you are comfortable with your position and can snap a photo of the people or vehicle that may also assist in the investigation.

Second, when you see something that doesn’t look quite right, out of the ordinary, or a bit ‘off’ call Crime Stop¬†602-262-6151. Please don’t call your friends, neighbors, Block Watch Captains or post first. You will have plenty of time to do these things after you notify the police. In addition, the sooner the police are notified the sooner they can respond.

Third, don’t second guess yourself. If it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t. Who knows the neighborhood better than the people living there?? It is not going to hurt to call. (Yes, there are other calls and yes we are busy, but you and your community are important too). The dispatcher will prioritize the call accordingly. Just call!!

So, there you have it…very simple. CALL THE POLICE FIRST!