How to Sustain Crime Fighting Enthusiasm of National Night Out

  • By Spokane C.O.P.S.
  • 03 Aug, 2016
National Night Out 2016 was a success! Citizens from all over Spokane came together to build community relationships with the police, exchange crime prevention information, and become more connected with their neighbors. We're proud of the hard work of party hosts and the enthusiasm of party attenders, but the crime fighting and community building spirit doesn't stop with National Night Out! Harness this enthusiasm to make some positive changes in your community with these ideas.

Crime Prevention and Reporting Ideas

  • Host a self-defense training class from the Spokane Police Department through a partnership with a local business or community organization. Encourage your neighbors to attend and learn about situational awareness, pre-planning, and self-defense.

  • Coordinate an "IDing your valuables day".  Get the neighbors to bring their valuables (laptop, cell phones, etc.) to your  local C.O.P.S. shop  to borrow an engraver.  Engraving your valuables  with an identifying number such as your driver's license reduces the chance it will be stolen (it's harder to pawn an IDed item) and helps you prove ownership if the item is stolen and recovered by the police.

  • Host a clean up the neighborhood day.   Walk around with garbage bags collecting litter and safely dispose of hypodermic needles and syringes . Report any graffiti , potholes , or  abandoned vehicles you find so the city can address it.

  • Volunteer with Neighborhood Observation Patrol  and be trained by officers to be a pair of eyes and ears for the Spokane Police Department. You'll bring them information about crime hot spots, problem houses, and other issues in your neighborhood so they can address them.

  • ID all the neighborhood kids with Operation Family ID . This program gathers information that can be given to law enforcement in the event a child goes missing. Our volunteers gather and organization the information, which is given to the parents. We do Operation Family ID at local events throughout town, email to find out when the next one is.

  •  Register all the neighborhood bikes.  Bikes are stolen often in Spokane, but thankfully they are often recovered by the Spokane police...with no way of knowing whose bike it is. Registering a bike ensures your recovered stolen bike will be returned to you. The information submitted in the registration process connects the bike to you. Bring bikes to your local C.O.P.S. shop and our volunteers will register them for you.

  • Report problem houses with code enforcement issues . If there's a problem house in your neighborhood that's violating code enforcement law, you can (and should) report it. Code enforcement reporting can be confusing, so stop by your local C.O.P.S. shop and our volunteers will guide you through the reporting process.

  • Encourage landlords to complete the Crime Free Multi-Housing Training The CFMH program enables landlords to prevent crime through environmental design. Landlords who complete the training see a reduction of police calls up to 70%!

  •   Keep watch on elderly neighbors and report abuse. Elder abuse does occur, and it's up to the watchful eye of concerned citizens to report and put an end to the abuse. You do not need proof to report suspected abuse and you do not need to give your name when you report. If you suspect a vulnerable adult is being harmed, report it to Adult Protective Services  by emailing or calling 1-800-459-0421.

  • Coordinate home vacation checks.  An overgrown lawn, patio decorations knocked over by wind, and packages sitting on the porch all give indicators that no one is home, making it an easier target to a potential burglar. Neighbors can remove these indicators to decrease the chances of burglary and make your neighborhood safer

  • Create or strengthen your Block Watch.  Block Watch is a crime prevention program uniting neighbors together and connecting them with law enforcement. It fights the isolation that crime feeds upon and empowers residents to proactively make their neighborhood safer. For information on creating a Block Watch, click here . For information on strengthening your block watch, click here .

  • ´╗┐Join Spokane Strong.  The city created a great new safety campaign! It's called Spokane Strong and it empowers citizens to proactively make their community safer. Individuals volunteer to distribute information on safety, ways to get involved in neighborhood safety efforts, and the fall safety forum to their neighbors. For more information, watch this video or visit

For more crime prevention and safety information, follow us on Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , and LinkedIn .
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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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.

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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.

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