Lake Beseck Crime Watch for Health
~uniting the community in a fun and positive manor that creates opportunity to meet with neighbors and promote health while being observant, alert and aware~
The Lake Beseck Crime Watch Group was created in April of 2008 due to a rash of crime that had been taking place in our neighborhood. Many incidents went unreported - news traveled through word of mouth. Police were unaware that all of these crimes were being committed.
People were noticing items missing from their vehicles, particularly loose change, credit cards, gps units, etc. Other items stolen were dirt bikes, a generator, a camera, bicycle, yard tools, lawn ornaments, new construction windows, power tools. Meanwhile, police were unaware of how concentrated the rash of crime was in our area as they were only going on a few reports of vandalized vehicles, and electronics taken from a garage.
Upon surveying people of why they didn't report incidents, people felt: 1) items were too insignificant to report 2) they would be bothering police 3) police couldn't do anything about it, anyway. 4) or they simply alluded to feeling uncomfortable around police.
While these crimes can be upsetting, it can also lead to positive change when a community unites together to protect eachother. As a result Lake Beseck Crime and Crime Watch for Health was created!
Exercise is good for everyone and can easily be incorporated into a Crime Watch program…walking around the lake with friends or family, gardening in our yards, having social events benefits all of us by becoming familiar with each other. Through this, we are able to have better intuition when making observations and be able to more easily detect when something doesn’t seem quite right.
The concept is to unite the community in a fun and positive manor creating opportunity to meet with neighbors and promote health while being observant, alert and aware.
Over the past several years, Crime Watch members and Block Captains have been a tremendous help with efforts of quickly getting alerts out to the community when incidents start to happen. Members have volunteered many hours protecting our neighbors, beach, watching over and securing Powder Ridge, and making observations that have ultimately protected our entire lake community. Members have also helped to raise money that has been put toward improvements in the neighborhood, such as a new fence at the beach.
If you would like to become a Lake Beseck Crime Watch member or report something suspicious, use the form below or send an email to Crimewatch@comcast.net.
If you are reporting something suspicious, police ask that you call them right away at 860-349-9685, then contact Crime Watch. We will follow up with an alert to the community. We respect your privacy and in most cases withhold names and exact addresses in these alerts, unless otherwise directed. If you would like Crime Watch to report something to police on your behalf that you would otherwise not report, we would be happy to do so. When making a Crime Watch report, please specify if police have already been contacted.