Recently the Wauwatosa Block Watch Program welcomed it's 600th organized block watch and a great web story was written by TosNOW staff that can be read by following this link - http://www.wauwatosanow.com/story/index.aspx?id=806903
Officer Leist and I spend alot of time conducting Block Watch and other community meetings and as he mentioned in his story regarding the 600th Block Watch we always encounter people "Afraid to bother the Police". As I have mentioned in past blogs having a person ignore or rationalize suspicious behavior is very frustrating for the Police. Often when investigating a crime we find that a suspicious person and/or vehicle was observed in the area but no call was made to the Police and if a call was made it may have prevented the crime or resulted in an arrest of the "Bad guy".
So what is suspicious? Well a person walking past our home is not, but that same person who makes several passes past the house should warrant a closer look. If that person is looking up and down driveways, into garages, windows or vehicles; that too needs a closer look by police. A vehicle driving past the house is not suspicious but if that same vehicle makes several passes the police should be notified. A strange vheicle in a driveway, sitting occupied on the street, sitting unoccupied with windows down in inclement weather and the service truck parked in an unoccupied home's driveway all should be reported to the Police.
Now this posting does not identify all the possible activities that can be suspicious but use your judgement and never be afraid or hesitant to call the Police to have them investigate, it is our job to investigate suspicious activity. I hope this helps clarify when and why we should call in suspicious things; alert neighbors are a great crime prevention tool and if we continue to look out for each other Wauwatosa will continue to be a great neighborhood to live, work and raise a family.