Oswego Neighborhood Watch is a program to help make our city a safer, fun place. Helping to stop crime, suspicious activity, vandalism and groups of people threatening or causing damage to your property or neighbors’ property plus looking out for all members of the community. You are the extra eyes and ears of the police. Always call police to give information or let them know of any activity at 343-1212. In emergency's make sure to call 911. Let them do what they are trained for. Secure your home, use light timers to control lights, use a motion detector, be sure to lock all windows and doors, use a piece of wood in the crack of a sliding glass door, have a home's inventory for valuable items and other things to identify number, keep landscaping trimmed and keep fences locked. If you are looking to participate it's simple and easy. If you are looking to be a leader or block captain, gather up the names, addresses, and phone numbers of neighbor's who wish to participate.
Watchers make their own homes safer, watch out for neighbors and children and learn how to observe and report suspicious activity to the police department. What is suspicious? Someone screaming, someone going from house to house looking into windows or cars, any unusual or suspicious notice that you can't explain; such as breaking glass or pounding, vehicles moving slowly without lights, a stranger entering a neighbors home that appears to be unoccupied, or removing property from a home, a stranger sitting in a car or stopping to beckon to a child, a strange vehicle parked in a neighborhood, any abandoned vehicle, continuous short visits to a home or apartment by car or walking etc. Have your key ready when you approach your home or car, and be aware of your surroundings.