What is Crime Prevention?
- Crime Prevention is the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of action to remove or reduce it.
- Crime Prevention is an active approach utilizing public awareness and preventive measures to reduce crime.
- Crime Prevention reflects a philosophy of self-defense where the police and the community take action before crimes are committed.
- Crime Preventions programs will reduce crime, stimulate public awareness concerning crime prevention and enhance our communities.
- Crime prevention works. It is cheaper, safer, and healthier for communities to prevent crime than to have to treat its victims, deal with its perpetrators, and lose civic health and productivity.
- But the responsibility of crime prevention doesn’t fall on one person – it’s everyone’s business.
- The Hakalau Neighborhood Watch plays a major role in supporting police in crime prevention.
Resources for Crime Prevention available to Hakalau Neighborhood Watch Community (zip code 96710):
- Our Community Resource Officer is A. Abalos, available Monday to Friday 7am to 3pm, 808-961-8121.
- Our Head Officer is Lieutenant R. Almeida 808-961-2350, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please go through your Street Leads and Block Captains if possible before contacting him directly, but everyone is free to contact both Officer Abalos and Lieutenant Almeida.
Rules of Thumb for reporting crime:
- Not all crimes are reported to the police. Sometimes residents share information with the Hakalau Neighborhood Watch about crimes they have witnessed.
- For non-emergency events or suspicious activity, take notes and report to your Street Leader or Block Captain.
- Make sure the information is shared.
- If a crime or other emergency is in progress, call 911
- If in doubt whom to call, call the non-emergency police phone number: 808-935-3311. Have all the information ready when you call them. Pads are available, through your Block Captain, to record the needed details to share with the police. Details typically needed by the police are also available here.
Tools for Reporting Crimes or Suspicious Activities:
- When reporting a crime in progress or suspicious activity to the police, they will need basic information:
- From Facebook: Keep your auto car key fob by the bed at a night and to advise others to do the same. Let your neighbors know as well that if they hear it you may be in trouble of some kind. If you hear something bumping around your place in the dark or you have a personal emergency, hit the panic button. Might be a good scare off tactic for snoops and or neighborhood cats spraying your slippers at night .