The Greenland Hills Crime Watch helps keep our neighborhood safe by coordinating Extended Neighborhood Patrols by off-duty Dallas police officers and networking with the neighborhood to make everyone is aware of criminal and suspicious activity. We aim to facilitate an active, close community of neighbors who know each other and have an interest in keeping the neighborhood friendly and crime-free.
Your neighborhood Crime Watch organization is active, motivated and dynamic, and we know we can make a real difference together. As of 2011 the Central Division, which includes Greenland Hills, has one of the lowest crime rate in the city, and we mean to keep it that way.
The Greenland Hills Crime Watch has a multi-purpose function in our community. First and foremost is our Extended Neighborhood Patrol (ENP), a group of sharp, energetic Dallas Police officers who patrol our neighborhood in addition to the regular Dallas Police Dept. beat patrols.
Crime Watch dues are $220 per year ($20 goes to the neighborhood association and the balance to Crime Watch). 100% of your dues go directly to paying our off-duty Dallas Police Dept. patrol officers as well as the police vehicle rental. Our Crime Watch chair and membership coordinators are all volunteer. Currently, our officers patrol in excess of 30 hours per week, supplementing the routine Dallas Police Dept. beat patrols. These hours are increased with seasonality and crime spikes.
As a Crime Watch member, you will receive regular email updates informing you of crime activity in the neighborhood, of current crime trends, reports of suspicious activity, etc. so that you are more aware of the bigger picture. You will also have direct access to our ENP to report suspicious activity (after calling 911), or to let them know when you are out of town, so that they can keep an eye on your house while you're away.
Also, when 911 calls originate from our neighborhood, one of our ENP officers, if on patrol at that time, responds immediately and is often on the scene before the Dallas Police. Crime Watch stays in regular communication with our officers so that we have the most up-to-date knowledge of what is going on in the M Streets and surrounding areas.
To maximize the number of hours our ENP spends on our streets, we need to maintain a strong Crime Watch membership. We want our neighborhood to have the reputation among criminals that it's the least favorable place in the city to commit crime. Please think seriously and conscientiously about becoming a member, supporting our neighborhood Crime Watch, and helping create the best Crime Watch in the city. We have made great strides already and each new membership makes a substantial impact.
In addition, we have established the "Block Captain" system. Each block in the M Streets has its own Block Captain, who is responsible for coordinating the network of neighbors in that block, to facilitate neighbors watching out for each other. If you don't know your Block Captain, please contact me at email@example.com or by accessing the block captain list by clicking on the "About Greenland Hills" tab on the front page of this website.
Lastly, be a good neighbor. Make sure you know the neighbors on each side of you and across the street. Take time to pause from other activities and have a conversation with them occasionally. A safe neighborhood requires building and maintaining relationships with your neighbors. As you get to know each other, you have someone who can watch your house for you, and vice-versa. You will also have someone who knows your schedule, who can tell if something doesn't seem right, and who knows how to get in touch with you. It is vitally important to our quality of life that we know the people we live near. This is what makes our neighborhood a great place to live!
We welcome your suggestions anytime. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair, Greenland Hills Crime Watch