The Avondale Police Department Crime Prevention Unit works closely with the community to promote programs such as:
- Shred Events
- Prescription Drug Disposals
- Block Watch and Crime Free Multi-Housing
- Provides services such as CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) and security reviews of properties.
For more information about any crime prevention program please call us at 623-333-7342.
Crime prevention starts with you! Always secure your home and vehicle, do not leave valuables in plain sight (or better yet take them with you), and if you see anything suspicious call the police department. Use 9-1-1 for emergencies and for crimes in progress, for other non-emergency situations please call our non-emergency line 623-333-7001. #PolicingTogether #HideLockKeep
What is Block Watch?
Block Watch or Neighborhood Watch, which it is sometimes called, is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in neighborhoods. Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement can make one of the best crime-fighting teams around. This program is ongoing and continued enrollment is always accepted. It is a free program and involves getting acquainted with your neighbors, looking out for one another, and learning more about crime prevention.
Block Watch programs enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes. Its' primary purpose is the protection of property, yours and your neighbors.
Block Watch programs teach the steps that you can take to help protect your own home. It also organizes a neighborhood group, which can make crime prevention part of every person's daily routine, just by watching out for each other. Your job is to REPORT suspicious activity to the police. It is LAW ENFORCEMENT'S job to handle the criminals!
Crime Free Multi-Housing
The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a state-of-the-art crime prevention program designed to reduce crime, drugs, and gangs on apartment properties. This program was successfully developed by the Mesa Arizona Police Department in 1992. The International Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has spread to nearly 2,000 cities in 44 U.S. states, 5 Canadian Provinces, Mexico, England, Finland, Japan, Russia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Puerto Rico. Australia has expressed interest in adopting the program.
The program consists of three phases that must be completed under the supervision of the local police department. Property managers can become individually certified after completing training in each phase and the property becomes certified upon successful completion of all three phases.
The anticipated benefits are reduced police calls for service, a more stable resident base, and reduced exposure to civil liability.
G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) is an opportunity to interface with the community and law enforcement to further establish crime prevention initiatives in neighborhoods. This event happens each year in October. Please contact the Avondale Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 623-333-7217 for more information.
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, or CPTED (pronounced sep-ted), is a crime prevention philosophy based on the theory that proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, as well as an improvement in the quality of life.
ID Theft Prevention
Fraud, forgery and identity theft are rampant today. Theft of identity often goes hand in hand with credit card fraud and/or check fraud. Criminals can get the information they need to assume your identity from a variety of sources, such as theft of your wallet, theft from your mail box, your trash or from a credit card/bank information statement. Identity thieves may approach you in person, over the Internet or telephone and ask you for information.
There are several things you can do to protect yourself from becoming a victim:
- Check your credit report regularly. There are a variety of ways to check your credit report for free.
- Notify the credit bureau in writing of any questionable entries and follow through until they are explained or removed
- Check your mail daily
- Use the post office to send letters and bills
- Protect personal information, such as date of birth and social security number
- Before buying items over the Internet, read the company's security information
- Shred all sensitive mail before throwing it away. A carelessly-discarded receipt with a credit card number is all it takes to become a victim of identity-theft
- Never throw away ATM receipts, credit statements, credit cards, or bank statements in a usable form
- Never give your credit card number over the telephone unless you make the call
- Reconcile your bank account monthly and notify your bank of discrepancies immediately
- Keep a list of telephone numbers to call to report the loss or theft of your wallet, credit cards, etc
- Report unauthorized financial transactions to your bank, credit card company, and the police as soon as you detect them
- Review a copy of your credit report at least once each year
- If you know of anyone who receives mail from credit card companies or banks in the names of others, report it to local or federal law enforcement authorities