Police - Prevention and Education
Community Action Teams (CAT)
The Glendale Police Department Community Action Teams believe in the power of prevention, encouraging residents, businesses, public and private institutions and faith based organizations to work in collaboration with the Police Department, to make our community a safer place to live and work.
Each CAT consists of two civilian Crime Prevention Specialists and one Police Officer per division. The goal of the Community Action Teams is to utilize the Community Oriented Policing philosophy by providing the necessary tools to eliminate or reduce crime through educational programs and enforcement.
CAT serves as pro-active problem solvers, utilizing community partnerships and resources, and educational programs to help resolve neighborhood and business issues. Current programs include:
- Neighborhood Watch - NW
- Getting Arizona Involved In Neighborhoods - G.A.I.N.
- Crime Free Multi-Housing Program - CFMHP
- Managers Against Crime - MAC
- Document Shredding
- VIN Etching Program
- Prescription and non-prescription drug collection units
- Home and Business Security Surveys
- Various Crime Prevention Presentations
If you have an ongoing problem in your neighborhood or business, contact your Community Action Team (CAT). Click here for a map to identify your CAT Team and contact information. (pdf)
Community Action Teams offer crime prevention information and presentations to the citizens of Glendale. Presentations cover numerous topics including personal safety, child safety, burglary and auto theft prevention, when and how to call 911, back to school safety, identity theft crime prevention, senior and holiday safety.
To schedule a free Home Security Survey, click here for a map to identify your CAT Team and contact information.
Education - Prevention Tips
For Your Home:
- Keep your doors and windows locked.
- Keep your yard neat and your landscaping trimmed.
- At night, leave your front porch light on or install dusk-to-dawn lighting.
- Your front door should be solid core (not hollow) or consider purchasing a steel security screen door.
- Keep your garage door closed.
- Thieves can steal your mail and commit identity theft crimes. Don't use the mailbox in front of your house to mail bills with checks in them.
- Rekey the locks when you move into a new home.
- Don't hide keys in obvious places such as under a mat or on top of a door frame.
- Use your peep hole before opening the door.
- Acknowledge the person knocking at the door – burglars may be looking for a unoccupied home to break into- acknowledging the knock clearly sends a message that your home isn’t an easy target.
- Disable and lock your RV/Motorhome so it can't be easily moved.
- Lock and secure bicycles when parked - even when storing them inside the garage.
- Any firearms should be stored in a locked cabinet out of sight. Remove a working part from the firearm and store the ammunition separately.
- Lock up your lawn equipment such as lawnmowers, blowers, and trimmers in a secured area.
For your car:
- Keep the doors locked even when you are driving.
- Consider using a theft deterrent device such as the 'club', alarm, or starter interrupt switch.
- Hide the garage door opener or take it with you. A garage door opener makes it easy for a thief to enter your garage, and possibly your home.
- Store valuables out of sight, or remove them from your car.
- Park in the garage.
When you're planning a vacation:
- Have a friend or neighbor pick up the mail and newspaper.
- Make sure someone is checking the house.
- Keep the appearance someone is home by making arrangements to have the lawn cut and the garbage put out.
- Have timers set up to turn on lights, TV and radios at random times throughout the day to make the home appear occupied.
- Use dusk-to-dawn sensors for exterior lighting.
- Stop all deliveries.
- Store valuables such as jewelry, large sums of cash and documents in a safe deposit box.
To schedule a free Home Security Survey, click here for a map to identify your CAT Team and contact information.
Crime-Free Multi-Housing Program
The Glendale Crime Free Multi-Housing Program is a free program designed to help owners and managers of rental properties keep drugs and other illegal activity off their property. The purpose of this program is to educate the landlords and their residents on how to improve the livability of their neighborhoods by reducing crime and taking steps toward providing a clean and safe living environment for the citizens of Glendale.
The Glendale Crime Free Multi-Housing Program has been carefully developed and reviewed by police, community leaders, and legal advisors. This program effectively deals with illegal activity on rental property, while providing the residents with the best protection against crime and violent criminals.
This program is honest and direct, it is solution oriented, and is designed to be easy and very effective in reducing crime on rental properties. It has three key elements that will ensure the crime prevention goal:
- Phase One - Staff Training – one, eight-hour workshop
- Phase Two - Premises Security Assessments
- Phase Three - Resident Training/Safety Social
Glendale Police Educating Public on Internet Crimes Against Children
The Glendale Police Department offers the following links as a form of education on the growing threats our children face on the Internet.
- NCMEC Cybertipline Reminder - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children operates the tip line for complaints of unlawful images, luring/enticement and other Internet crimes against children.
Home and Business Security Surveys
The goal of a Home or Business Security Survey is to evaluate and provide suggestions for a home or business owner to decrease their chances of becoming a victim of crime.
During a Home or Business Security Survey, a Community Action Team representative inspects a premises including lights, locks, and landscaping. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, C.P.T.E.D., recommendations are then provided for improving the safety and security of the premises. The time needed to complete a survey depends on the size of the individual home or business.
C.P.T.E.D. is the proper design and effective use of the built environment in order to lead to a reduction in the fear and incidence of crime, and an improvement in the quality of life. C.P.T.E.D. can be achieved through five basic principles and concepts applied to specific sites and situations. These principles include Natural Surveillance, Access Control, Territoriality, Activity Support, and Maintenance. The Community Action Teams present information for understanding the applications of each principle to home and/or business owners enabling them to improve their surroundings and quality of life.
To schedule a free Home or Business Security Survey, click here for a map to identify your CAT Team and contact information.
A simple program, Neighborhood Watch is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Glendale’s neighborhoods. The foundation of the program is built upon citizens and police working in partnership. Basically, a Neighborhood Watch is a cohesive body of concerned citizens coming together to address common issues that affect their neighborhood.
The goal of the Community Action Teams is to facilitate communication between residents by conducting initial neighborhood meetings. During the meeting residents learn about neighborhood crime statistics, personal and home safety information and are provided with crime prevention materials. It empowers the citizens of Glendale and helps to reduce their chances of being victimized by crime through education and teamwork.
Why Neighborhood Watch?
Whether you live in a high crime area or not, a comprehensive Neighborhood Watch program offers numerous benefits for your area. Such programs instill a greater sense of security, well-being, and reduce the fear of crime in your neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch helps instill a greater “sense of community,” by putting the neighbor back into neighborhood. Here are some of the other benefits you can expect by participating in Glendale’s Neighborhood Watch program:
- Reducing the risk of being a crime victim
- Being better prepared to respond to suspicious activity
- Increased information on issues that impact your neighborhood
- Obtaining Neighborhood Watch signs
- Getting to know your neighbors
- Reducing the fear of crime and making your neighborhood more livable
How much work is involved?
This is a fair question and the answer depends on you. Some areas have major concerns, requiring some work; others just want to maintain their area and don’t want to spend a great deal of time on it. In order to be recognized as an “active” Neighborhood Watch group you must have at least two (2) meetings within a calendar year. These could include a clean-up day, ice cream social, BBQ, educational program, etc. Also annually Neighborhood Watch audit paperwork must be updated.
The role of the Neighborhood Watch Captain
The Neighborhood Watch captain serves as the coordinator and liaison of the group. It is up to the Neighborhood Watch captain to serve as a spokesperson, schedule group activities, supply your CAT representative with required information, and coordinate neighborhood activities and communication. Likewise, the captain should:
- Maintain a list of all members
- Develop, maintain and distribute neighborhood maps for your area including names, addresses, and telephone numbers
- Set up a communication network for your area such as a telephone tree
- Distribute information sent out by your CAT representative
- Greet new neighbors, encourage them to join, and update the neighborhood watch list
- Provide sign in sheets of the Neighborhood Watch activities to your CAT representative
The role of the members
Everyone in the Neighborhood Watch plays an important part in the success of the program! Members should learn the names of their neighbors and the kinds of cars they drive. They should keep a copy of the Neighborhood Watch map and telephone tree readily accessible. In fact, the role of individual members includes attending meetings, watching out for suspicious activity, displaying Neighborhood Watch signs, and assisting the police by learning how to become a good witness. Furthermore, individual members should also schedule a Home Security Survey for recommendations on making their homes safer and more crime resistant. But above all, being a member means getting involved. If you don’t do it, who will? Neighborhood Watch is quite simply the most effective way to reduce or prevent crime while improving the quality of life in your neighborhood.
The Glendale Police Department offers a wide variety of presentations about crime prevention. Consider using these presentations for your Neighborhood Watch meetings. With the exception of the Home Security Survey, the following programs are designed for group presentation:
- Burglary Prevention
- Personal Safety
- Child Abuse
- Child Safety
- Cons and Frauds
- Abuse of the Elderly
- Home Security Survey
Community and Police Working Together
Every neighborhood has its own personality that makes it unique. What works in one area, may not work in another. When starting a Neighborhood Watch be creative and include others on your team. Remember, there is strength in numbers. Criminal justice professionals readily admit that in the absence of citizen assistance, neither more manpower, nor improved technology, nor additional money will enable law enforcement to shoulder the monumental burden of combating crime in America. Teamwork between neighbors—and the police—is what Neighborhood Watch is all about.
For more information or to start a Neighborhood Watch group in your area, click here for a map to identify your CAT Team and contact information.