Neighborhood watch is the best-known program at the High Point Police Department. Two community outreach officers, Officer Jeff Boyd, and Officer Evelyn Dockery are happy to direct you to an existing neighborhood watch group or help you get a new one started. Our focus is to provide information and education to our various groups throughout the city in a joint effort to prevent and reduce criminal activity. Ensuring our community members have accurate and timely information plays a key role in building and maintaining relationships with those we serve.
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Who Can Join
Any community resident can join: young or old, single or married, renter or homeowner. A few concerned residents, a community organization, or a law enforcement officer can spearhead the effort to organize a watch. Members learn how to make their homes more secure, how to watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and how to report suspicious activities to the police. A watch group can be formed around any geographical location: a street block, apartment complex, park, business area, public housing complex, or an office.
Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors avoid becoming victims. Neighborhood Watch helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community concerns such as cons, frauds and scams, domestic violence, bullying, gang activity, workplace violence, and theft.
Contact Officer Dockery at 336-887-7807 or Officer Boyd at 336-887-7824, for education or information including but not limited to home perimeter security and crime reporting skills, and visit the Department'sPolice2Citizen website for information events that have occurred in the city. This site also provides public copies of Incident, Arrest and Accident Reports. Select a coordinator and block captains to be responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members (we suggest using
What to Look For
- Someone sitting in a vehicle for extended periods of time
- Someone looking into windows and parked cars
- Unusual noises
- Property being taken out of closed businesses or houses when no one is at home
- Vehicles moving slowly with no apparent destination, or without lights on at night
- Anyone being forced into a vehicle
- A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child
- Abandoned cars
Report these incidents to the police immediately. You may also report incidents to Crimestoppers at 336-889-4000 if you prefer.
How to Report
When reporting an incident, you will want the following details handy:
- Briefly describe the event: what happened, when, where, and who was involved.
- Describe the suspect: sex, race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothing, distinctive characteristics such as beard, mustache, scars, or accent.
- Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color, make, model, year, license plate, and special features such as stickers, dents, or decals.
It's an unfortunate fact that when a neighborhood crime crisis goes away, so does enthusiasm for Neighborhood Watch. Work to keep your watch group a vital force for community well-being. Organize regular meetings that focus on current issues such as drug abuse, bias-motivated violence, crime in schools, child care before and after school, recreational activities for young people, and victim services. Organize community patrols to walk around streets or apartment complexes and alert police to crime and suspicious activities and identify problems needing attention.
If you have any questions about our ride-a-long program please contact, Officer Boyd at 336-887-7824 or Officer Dockery at 336-887-7807.