How to Sustain the Community Building Enthusiasm After National Night Out

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 10 Aug, 2016
Neighbors who are connected together become powerful watchdogs at preventing crime. They can more easily identify suspicious people, can assist each other with tasks like checking in on homes while the owners are on vacation, and more. Creating strong neighborhood connections is a simple way to proactively prevent crime in your community. Check out these ideas to bring your neighbors back together to build those powerful crime preventing relationships (and for ideas on actionable crime prevention ideas, check out our blog post here ).
  • Communicate with Technology.  Before neighbors can be connected to prevent crime, they must be connected to communicate. These tools are free and are a great resource to communicating with your neighbor.

  • Build a neighborhood cookbook with favorite recipes submitted by neighbors. You can cook one at each Block Watch meeting.

  • Create a neighborhood skills survey of people with skills to share: self-defense skill training, repair broken appliances/plumbing/etc, drive senior citizens to appointments, teach basic computer skills, babysitting, tutoring, carpooling, etc. It's a great way to spread knowledge and empower each other. Here's a news story on a community that created a skills share system where helpers earn time credits to cash in on favors to get you brainstorming.

  • Host a no RSVP monthly gathering. This makes it more relaxed and lower pressure so people can come and go as they please. Watch a backyard movie, do an ice cream toppings bar, whatever you like.

  • Host a sidewalk chalk decorating day with kids and adults to get to know each other and work on a project together.

  • Form a book club.  Book clubs (or article clubs) are a great way to meet regularly and get conversation flowing on a given topic (the book/article).

  • Coordinate a front porch music concert.  See which of your neighbors play an instrument and encourage them to put on a show for the neighborhood.

  • Make a networking group . Build personal and professional relationships with a networking group. You can meet at someone's house or a local neighborhood coffee shop.

  • Create a virtual or paper community newsletter with events, crime prevention tips, and a neighbor spotlight. Get artists/designers/writers in the neighborhood to help.

  • Host a block party in a month after National Night Out. Think of it like a smaller scale NNO, bringing people together again to build relationships and prevent crime.

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Want to make Spokane a safer place? Volunteer at your local C.O.P.S. shop with one of our crime prevention programs , from lifting fingerprints off of vehicles to catch car prowlers to organizing a block watch for your neighborhood.

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By Spokane C.O.P.S. 13 Oct, 2016
With recent headlines about a sex offender being released in Spokane (See Here and Here ), the best way to safeguard your neighborhoods and families is to be well informed. The Sex Offender Registry is a tool allowing citizens to access information on registered sex offenders. Here’s a breakdown on what you need to know.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 07 Oct, 2016

Spokane C.O.P.S. is here with Safe Streets! Safe Streets is a step-by-step approach, channeling all your frustrations into a plan of action utilizing civil courts. Since nuisance houses are defined in the city municipal code, you can effectively take the owner of the house (whether they live there or the house is a rental property) to court for violating this ordinance. A judgment against the owner results in fines paid to affected neighbors.

Safe Streets is a community action guide for the city and county of Spokane that includes community policing tools for helping make your neighborhood safe and nuisance free. Safe Streets motivates individuals to participate at the most fundamental level of the democratic process to create a community that reflects the standards and moral of the residents. It also teaches the community how to maintain those standards. Safe Streets will show you how to recognize nuisance house danger signs,  organize your block, form a team with police and possible city officials, document a public nuisance, research property ownership, and deal with the cooperative and uncooperative property owners. Safe Streets empowers citizens to create a nuisance-free neighborhood that is a safe, clean, and a healthy environment for individuals and families.

Safe Streets can be a much faster way to get results than other options. Oftentimes, even repeated visits by the police is not enough to change behavior. But by facing legal action and potentially large fines for failure to act, owners often deal with the problem immediately as that is preferable to going to court.  The Safe Street program has been implemented over 450 times with successful results.

Stop by your neighborhood C.O.P.S. shop for more information.





By Spokane C.O.P.S. 29 Sep, 2016

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By Spokane C.O.P.S. 21 Sep, 2016
You don't need to be a police officer to play a role in reducing crime in Spokane! Everyday people are stepping up to make their community safer-here's our favorite stories of citizens taking action to make our city safer.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 07 Sep, 2016

Over 7,000 cases of personal property theft have been recorded so far this year (up 4.5% from this time last year). In many of these cases, Spokane police officers are able to recover the stolen property...with no way of identifying the owner. When they can’t find the owner, the items eventually go to auction to free up much needed space in the police evidence facility. This raises an important question-if your property is stolen and recovered by police, would you be able to prove it’s yours?

That’s where Operation ID comes into play. The idea is to mark your valuable possessions with an identifying number (like your driver’s license number). Engraving a number helps deter theft since it’s harder to sell an ID-ed item to a pawn shop. If the item is stolen, the identifying number helps you prove ownership of the item to the police.

Operation ID also involves creating an inventory of the make and model of all ID-ed items, which you then put in a secure place. In the event of theft, fire damage, or other incident where you need to make a claim to your insurance company for item replacement, your information is ready for the insurance company.

Operation ID is a free service that only takes a few minutes. Bring your valuables to your local C.O.P.S. shop to borrow an engraver and pick up an inventory log.

Another property identification program is , a city wide bike registration database. The information uploaded during registration is used by police to connect a recovered bike to its rightful owner. You can bring your bike by your local C.O.P.S. shop and our volunteers will register it for you (and you can get a free child’s helmet while supplies last).

For more crime prevention information, check out our Facebook , Twitter , Linkedin , and Pinterest .
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By Spokane C.O.P.S. 31 Aug, 2016
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By Spokane C.O.P.S. 24 Aug, 2016
Getting a social media account hacked is a stressful experience, with potential harms of reputation damaging information posted, identifying information collected, and the logistics of undoing the damage. While no social media account is 100% impenetrable, there are easy steps to take to drastically reduce your risk of your Twitter account being hacked.
By Spokane C.O.P.S. 24 Aug, 2016
Early September is an interesting time of year, showing the full range of human emotions. Children everywhere enter a state of depression as they begin getting their school materials ready, while simultaneously most parents burst out singing the old classic, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” at the thought of getting the kids out of the house again. At least that’s how it was in my family growing up.

But there is one thing everyone can agree on: staying safe. And we here at Spokane C.O.P.S. are, as usual, committed to your safety. So we’ve created a list of a few things that you can do to help keep your kids safe as they head back to school.
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