Neighborhood Watch for Spanish Waters. 

Our street is designated as a Neighborhood Watch street by the Volusia County Sheriff’s department.  Participation in this program does not cost us anything but helps improve the safety and security of our street.  Homeowners are urged by  deputies to keep a watchful eye on the neighborhood.  Notify sheriff’s office if urgent or coordinator Karin Tempesta (386 681-9565) if you see suspicious activity at a home where owner is absent.  Pick up any free newspapers from driveways of owners who are not in residence.  Deputies patrol both the vacant development site to our north and also our street.

Volusia County Deputies continue to make these observations about our street:

·      Garage doors are sometimes left open—inviting a thief to easily enter.  Please close them at all times. Many crimes are crimes of "opportunity".  Don't give them an opportunity.

·      Homeowners are urged to improve lighting around their homes. Deputies recommend automatic lights or motion detecting lights for each home. Try to have entrance lights on when it gets dark.

·      Lock doors even when you are home.  Get in the habit of locking all doors after using them.  Unfortunately thefts and home invasions are becoming a major problem in Florida.

·      Keep shrubs and trees trimmed around the doors/windows.

Please pick up free newspapers and flyers on drivesways of homes where the owner is away or not in residence.  These things identify a home as unoccupied and more inviting for thieves. 

Help Keep Our Neighborhood by the Sea Safe...

 Making it Tough for the Burglar

Through NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Programs, determined citizens are decreasing their chances of becoming victims. Alert program participants in communities across the country are making things hard for potential criminals by:

  • Arranging for home security inspections by crime prevention officers to identify security vulnerabilities;
  • Upgrading locks, security hardware, and lighting; and installing alarms when security inspections show particular hazards
  • Training family members to keep valuables secure and to lock doors and windows when leaving home; it is a good practice to keep doors locked whether anyone is at home or not;
  • Asking neighbors to watch for suspicious activity when the house is vacant;
  • Marking valuable property with an identifying number (Operation I.D.) to discourage theft and help law enforcemen agencies identify and return lost or stolen property;
  • Encouraging home builders to use effective door and window locks and to provide outside lighting for all new home and apartment construction;
  • Organizing block parent and block WATCH groups to assist children, the elderly, and other especially vulnerable persons if they appear to be distressed, in danger, or lost;
  • Meeting in neighborhood groups with trained crime prevention officers to discuss needs and crime prevention strategies;
  • Developing neighborhood telephone tree systems for quickly alerting each other about criminal activity in the area
  • Encouraging the development of signals for use in adjacent residences when someone needs help;
  • Arranging for ongoing programs where crime prevention experts can present home and neighborhood security tips at regularly scheduled meetings;
  • Obtaining and studying informative materials from the National Sheriffsí Association, the National Crime Prevention Council, and local agencies;
  • Identifying the neighborhood's participation with decals and metal road signs warning, "NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH"  our neighbors are watching to report suspicious activity to our law enforcement agency.