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July 24, 2012 > Who is watching your neighborhood?

Who is watching your neighborhood?

Milpitas Police Department collaborates with the Milpitas Community Advisory Commission on Neighborhood Watch efforts

Submitted By Mia Bradway Winter

As a community with easy access to major freeways and close proximity to the high tech industry, Milpitas residents enjoy the benefits of a small-town environment and shorter commutes than many in the San Francisco Bay Area. Despite living in a small city, busy lifestyles and diverse cultures often make it difficult to become acquainted with neighbors. This could be the difference between having, or not having, another set of watchful eyes for your property.

There has been an increase in residential burglaries since May 2012; would-be thieves are not necessarily from Milpitas but opportunists from surrounding areas.

"With National Night Out, August 9, 2012, just around the corner, residents who take a stance by pulling together to safeguard their properties are sending a clear message to would-be thieves that you're watching them," said Chief Dennis Graham, Milpitas Police Department.

During the month of July 2012, the Community Advisory Commission, in partnership with Milpitas Police Department's Community Relations Unit, is encouraging residents to form Neighborhood Watch Programs on their streets to take a stand against crime in preparation for National Night Out.

According to Mia Bradway Winter, Vice Chair, City of Milpitas Community Advisory Commission (CAC), the CAC Commissioners are assuming a leadership role by initiating new programs on their own streets.

"I believe the Neighborhood Watch signs on light poles and house windows are an effective way of showing a program is in force and neighbors won't hesitate to call the police," stated Winter.

Here are a few simple strategies to keep your home and family safe and secure: Did you know most home burglaries occur during the day? Did you know padlocked gates make it harder for people to enter and exit your backyard with items in tow? Did you know if you see someone parked in a car, motor running, nervously casing the neighborhood, it is OK to call 911?

Anyone interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch Program, or who would like more information about the August 9, 2012 National Night Out event, should contact Officer Qureshi at (408) 586-2529/wqureshi@ci.milpitas.ca.gov or Sgt. Kevin Corvin at (408) 586-2527/kcorvin@ci.milpitas.ca.gov.

To learn more about the CAC and what it is doing to help the community, the public is welcome to attend its meetings at 7 p.m., on the first Wednesday of each month (except July) at Milpitas City Hall or visit www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov/government/commissions/community.asp

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