Block Watch in Your Apartment Complex
Tools and Resources To Help You Start or Maintain a Block Watch Program
Block Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Sponsored by Spokane Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.), Block Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Block Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Have You Ever Had Your Bicycle Stolen? Did You Get It Back?
Chances of getting your stolen bike returned are greater if you register the bike! Every year, C.O.P.S. volunteers register hundreds of bicycles throughout the city of Spokane for children AND adults. For more detail, go to http://www.spokanecops.org/bicycle-registration
Who Would You Call When Something Happens in Your Neighborhood That Interrupts Your Quality of Life?
Whether you live in your own home or in a rented apartment, most people agree that what we consider our living space is important for many reasons: financially, personally, for peace of mind, security. Our home is where we keep our “stuff.” Whether we spend time watching a big-screen TV, or reading, or working on a hobby, or in our yard gardening, our home is where we keep the items that help us enjoy our lives. Our sense of security and comfort can be taken away, even if just temporarily, when others who live nearby, or across the hall, or across the street, do things that disturb our peace and make us feel like our personal space has somehow been invaded.
Spokane C.O.P.S. is your resource for suggestions to solve neighborhood problems, whether you are a homeowner or a tenant or a landlord. Listen to our Director Patrick Striker’s suggestions for how we can help direct you to the right resources.
Protect Yourself Against Bicycle Theft
Having your bicycle stolen is an incredibly frustrating experience. Making it worse, even if your bicycle is recovered, it can be challenging for police to figure out who the bike’s owner is.
Registering your bike at SpokaneBikeID.org will make it easy for police to get your wheels back to you in the event of a theft. It’s simple to register, and it’s free. Snap a picture, jot down the serial number, and send both to us with your contact information via smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer. You can also register in person at your local Spokane C.O.P.S. shop and receive a free helmet while supplies last.
The citywide database will help reunited lost or stolen bikes with their rightful owners. Don’t miss this opportunity to protect yourself against bike theft. A couple minutes now can save you a big headache later.
Are you interested in volunteering in partnership with law enforcement, Dept. of Corrections and our neighborhoods?
Spokane C.O.P.S. is looking for qualified volunteers to fill the following positions.
Must be 18+ years old, complete a volunteer application, agree to a background check, good customer skills, working knowledge of Microsoft Word and/or Excel a plus. Hours vary depending on volunteer position.
For details about the programs, select the program title. Volunteer application.
Spokane C.O.P.S. foremost program is the Front Desk. Equipped with a telephone, computer, the Internet, e-mail, databases and resource booklets, the average volunteer has all manner of resources to assist members of the community with their concerns. Whether it’s an abandoned vehicle, lost and found, barking dogs, or nuisance issues, our volunteers feel confident they can help. Business conducted at the Front Desk includes fielding phone and walk-in traffic, filling out communication forms, statistics book, daily diary, filling out phone messages, data entry, on-line resourcing, email, possible assistance to assigned Neighborhood Conditions Officer and/or Dept. of Corrections Officers.
Block Watch Coordinators are C.O.P.S. volunteers responsible for coordinating all Block Watch information, data and meetings in their substation neighborhood.
Are you familiar with the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)? Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is the technology used to inspect multi-family housing properties for proper design and effective use of the environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, and in an improvement in the quality of life.
Operation Family I.D. Calendar of Events
Operation Family I.D. (supporting the Missing & Exploited Children and Amber Alert)
Why we provide this FREE service to children in the Spokane, WA area…
Identification kits include a digital photograph and fingerprints. The kits are given to participating families. In the event a loved one comes up missing, a family member can forward the critical information quickly to local law enforcement agencies for the production of flyers and even nationwide distribution.
Vehicle prowling is one of the most common crimes in our community.
The Spokane Police Department reminds us to Remove It, Or Lose It! on the biggest shopping weekend of the year.
Here are a few tips that will help prevent you from becoming a victim.
- Do not leave belongings in your vehicle.
- When shopping, put your bags in the trunk.
- Do not leave valuables in the console or glove box.
- Park in a well lighted or high traffic area.
- Call 911 if you see someone in your vehicle.
- Call Crime Check, 456-2233, if you’ve been a victim of vehicle prowling
Taking Charge – What To Do If Your Identity Is Stolen
Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It is a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation – and it can take time, money, and patience to resolve. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, prepared this guide to help you repair the damage that identity theft can cause, and reduce the risk of identity theft happening to you.
This 68 page guide has tips, worksheets, blank forms, and sample letters to guide you through the recovery process. It covers:
• what identity theft victims must do immediately
• what problems may crop up
• how you can reduce your risk of identity theft
The Birth and Evolution of Community Oriented Policing in Spokane, Washington
Spokane’s Community Oriented Policing Services (C.O.P.S.) is, I believe, unique in that no other type of community policing exists like our model. To qualify that statement, I feel a short history lesson on how Spokane C.O.P.S. came about is in order. Click here for the full article.