Community Involvement & Neighborhood Watch

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"Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country." --Calvin Coolidge

Help keep your neighborhood - and your nation - safer by considering the following.
Neighborhood Watch: Who's Got Your Back?
Joining your community’s Neighborhood Watch is an easy way to help protect yourself and others. Neighborhood Watch groups receive a free security assessment report for the community and free training from the Manassas City Police Department on how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity, conduct meetings, organize volunteers and other topics.
  • If your neighborhood does not already have an active Neighborhood Watch, start one! Find out how by contacting the Manassas City Police Department at 703-257-8092 or contact the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.
  • No matter what the makeup of your community is – renters, owners, senior citizens or children – get to know your neighbors. Make the decision to look out for each other.
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Community Engagement is Key
Community engagement is vital to the success of crime prevention and safety programs. Consider getting involved in your community by volunteering with an organization or hosting your own event in order to help fight crime and make Manassas an even better place to live, work, do business, raise and family, and visit.
  • Join a local community or civic organization such as your neighborhood’s Neighborhood Watch or Homeowners’ Association, a Lions or Lioness Club International, Rotary Club International, Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), or organization that directly provides services in crime prevention.
  • When a neighborhood, community or business truly takes pride in its community, it sends a powerful message to criminals that crime will not be tolerated. One way to show that pride and take a stand against crime is to host your own local safety or community event, such as a potluck or safety awareness workshop. Schedule a visit by the Manassas City Police Department at your event by calling 703-257-8092 or submit a request online. Then, register your community events throughout the month of October with Celebrate Safe Communities online. Celebrate Safe Communities is a campaign from the National Crime Prevention Council that raises awareness about the importance of communities and law enforcement working together or in other words, "crime prevention done right." Law enforcement cannot do it alone, but together with communities can make a difference.
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Reporting Suspicious Activity Keeps Everyone Safe
Keep yourself, your loved ones, coworkers and neighbors safe by reporting suspicious activity to the Police and following these tips.
  • Whether you’re at home, out and about shopping, spending time with family and friends, or heading into work be aware of your surroundings at all times. If anything looks out of place, it probably is. Call the Police if you see any suspicious activity and then if you choose to, follow up with your community association.
  • Never hesitate to call 9-1-1 when someone’s life or property is in danger. Remember, it’s always better to report too soon than to report too late! To provide the Police with information unrelated to an emergency, call the Manassas City Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703-257-8000.
  • Take the time to report any suspicious activity you observe to the Virginia Fusion Center's Tip Line by calling 1-877-4VA-TIPS (1-877-482-8477). The Fusion Center keeps track of suspicious incidents that may seem unrelated to you but are part of a larger investigation.
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Pick Up on Litter Enforcement
Despite the strong correlation that exists between litter and crime in our communities, residents surveyed regionally responded that with regard to littering, they continue to litter because they did not believe there was a strong chance of getting caught. In response to this overwhelming response, law enforcement officers all over the region have partnered with the Alice Ferguson Foundation to enhance awareness and enforce litter and illegal dumping laws. The purpose of this partnership is to not only restore the integrity of our local watershed resources, but to improve the quality of our neighborhoods and economy while reducing crime across the region.
  • Send the message to potential intruders that you have an investment in your property or workplace and will defend it against crime by helping to keep the property litter free and well maintained.
  • Be a role model for your community and bring your neighbors on board. For more information on making your neighborhood a Trash Free Community, visit www.TrashFreePotomac.org.
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Graffiti Is an Ugly Crime
Some surfaces such as fences or walls of homes and businesses are more inviting to graffiti than others. You can help crack down on the graffiti in your neighborhood or workplace by addressing concerns about the surface and length of walls and fences, examining any gaps in lighting and natural surveillance in the area, and helping to increase enforcement.
  • Hide graffiti-prone walls behind defensive shrubbery such as rose or holly bushes.
  • Use anti-graffiti paint on surfaces to prevent paint from sticking or to allow for easy removal.
  • Report all graffiti you find to the Police, take pictures, and remove it immediately. Repeat this process every time you find graffiti – not just the first time. Diligence pays off by sending a strong message to criminals that their graffiti will not be tolerated.
  • Learn more about The Problem of Graffiti as well as other topics by visiting the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) online.
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Are You and Your Community Prepared?
Those on the east coast know far too well the dangers of being unprepared when a storm such as Sandy or the recent derecho hits. To stay safe in the face of uncertain weather conditions, follow these simple steps.
Stay informed of changing weather conditions by monitoring local media reports.
  • Make an emergency plan for yourself and those in your care.
  • Build an emergency supply kit. Families and individuals should plan for at least three days without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services. Include essentials such as prescriptions, batteries, first aid, and water in your kit, and don’t forget to leave one with your child at daycare in case the school has to shelter in place.
  • Get involved by taking part in emergency preparedness training opportunities happening locally, such as through the City of Manassas Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
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Alice Ferguson Foundation Celebrate Safe Communities Submit a request online City of Manassas Dept of Fire & Rescue City of Manassas CERT VA State Police Fusion Center Community Oriented Policing Services