We are a NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH COMMUNITY
SoRo Good Neighbours is Durham Region’s largest Neighbourhood Watch with over 80% of our neighbourhood registered – looking out for each other next door, across, behind and kitty-corner. Neighbourhood Watch is a community-driven Crime Prevention Program designed to reduce threats of crime to you and your neighbours.
Durham Region Police Services (DRPS) says to “trust your spidey senses”, if something doesn’t seem right, report it and let the police investigate further.
WHEN SECONDS COUNT ALWAYS CALL 911.
For all other Neighbourhood Watch concerns call the DRPS non-emergency number 1-888-579-1520 ext 6234 or report online at DRPS.ca.
AFTER reporting to the police, let your NW Street Captain know what happened and they will share with the NW Co-Chairs. Together we determine if the incident / information should be shared with the rest of the community to solicit other observations and for our collective wellbeing. Check out this link to our NW handout that outlines how it works and safety tips for your family. Also watch the DRPS NW safety videos for more information.
“Crime prevention is a matter of attitude and involvement by us all, not just a job for a few professionals”.
Are you connected to your NW STREET CAPTAIN ?
For the purposes of Neighbourhood Watch our neighbourhood is divided into 38 areas each with an assigned Street Captain. Street Captains forward periodic emails (from DRPS and the SoRo NW Chair) to folks in their area about community safety and community events. Please provide your street address and an email address and we will connect you with your Street Captain. Share this information with your neighbours. Email is an effective way to communicate local safety concerns with all of our neighbours. A robust Neighbourhood Watch program is a proven way to deter crime. Join your neighbours in keeping our community a safe place to live by clicking on the link below.
VOLUNTARY CAMERA REGISTRY PROGRAM
A new crime-prevention and investigative tool has been launched by the DRPS. The VOLUNTARY CAMERA REGISTRY PROGRAM is an opportunity for members of the public to partner with the police to contribute to a safer community.
This secure, confidential registration will allow police to quickly locate security cameras after a crime occurs and contact owners for surveillance footage.
If you wish to register your camera with DRPS, click the button below. Select Online Services>Report a Crime>Click Security Camera Registry
Neighbourhood Watch safety tips
Here are some of the many tips that DRPS share in the safety videos:
Take steps to make your home look occupied – turn on TV/radio, lights on timers etc.
Always respond to someone knocking at your door – even if just with a holler that you can’t come to the door. This tells would be thieves that someone is home – they are less likely to break in.
Always lock your vehicles and do not leave valuable items inside.
When going away cancel newspaper delivery and arrange for a neighbour to pick up packages and mail. Ask neighbours to report anything suspicious to DRPS.
Participate in Operation Identification – engrave your car license plate on items likely to be stolen to help the police with tracing. Or, take photos or videos of valuable items – store this information outside the house.
Install a home security system with cameras and alarms. Register security cameras with DRPS (see Voluntary Registration information above).
Continue to be watchful of your home and your neighbours and when out and about the neighbourhood. Trust your instincts and call police if something doesn’t seem right.
DO NOT CONFRONT – we are the ears and eyes of the community only. Let the police be the hands and feet.
Residents are directed to always CALL 911 WHEN SECONDS COUNT and for all other NW concerns call the Durham Police non-emergency number 1-888-579-1520 ext. 6234.
The Police tell us to trust our intuition and to act on our “spidey senses” – if something does not seem right, report it then let the police do the rest of the work.
AFTER reporting to the police, let your NW Street Captain know what happened and they will share with the NW Co-Chairs. Together we determine if the incident / information should be shared with the rest of the community to solicit other observations and for our collective wellbeing.
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
Have an idea or story that you would like to share with the community? We always welcome fresh thoughts. Do not be shy!
Want to be connected with your local Neighbourhood Watch Street Captain ?
Just shoot us few lines and get involved with the community.