Preventing neighborhood crime reduces loss of property and assets and increases your sense of security. One step in prevention is detection. Learning how to tell when someone is casing your neighborhood can help prevent a burglary or other crime.
•Get to know your neighbors. This will require introducing yourself and being proactive when you see someone you don't know. Knowing the residents around you will help you identify people you don't know.
•Pay attention to what's going on around you. When someone is casing your neighborhood, they will often watch for people who are on a strict schedule. Change your routine once in a while to find out what is going on in your general vicinity and to see if anything is out of the ordinary.
•Look for key signals. If you believe your neighborhood is being cased, look for people loitering in areas for long periods of time. Lookouts will often wait in an area where they won't be noticed and where they can still see what is going on around them. Look for people just sitting in vehicles or taking walks with no apparent destination. Remember that when people are walking for exercise, they will typically be moving at a high pace and have on exercise clothing.
If you observe unusual or suspicious behavior and/or activity call the Lakewood Sheriff's Station at 562-623-3500. If you see a crime in progress, call 9-1-1.