COA is posting this DRAFT SAFEAlex schedule of next-phase activities and policies to provide an early indication to interested parties of how SAFEAlex intends to improve the quality of life for all Alexandrians. This draft is a work in progress and is being provided to the public for information purposes only. Because it is a work in progress, there are parts that are either missing or will be revised. The final version of this initiative is subject to change as development of the SAFEAlex program progresses pending proposed recommendations from public input.
Community/Region Profiles Phase II: SafeAlex Action Plan Community Crime Commission Outcomes and Assessments
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- Support healthy eating and physical activity throughout the city.
- Implementing sustainable policies and environmental changes.
| ||CRIME PREVENTION|
- Develop strong neighbor relations where neighbors watch out for each other.
- Educate neighbors to recognize suspicious activity and take appropriate action.
- Implement other crime deterrents such as basic home security measures.
- Contribute to the reduction of neighborhood crime through crime prevention programs and literature.
- Improve the physical appearance of dilapidated neighborhoods.
- Eliminate the vacant, dilapidated and abandoned properties causing economic distress.
- Restore distressed neighborhoods as appealing, attractive and healthy parts of the community.
- Employ short-term volunteer programs throughout the City in a number of different areas.
- Partner with organizations to identify additional short-term volunteer opportunities both locally and regionally.
- Establish the Youth Commission to take on project-specific tasks.
- Help the City to research, write, and propose specific ordinances.
| SafeAlex Master Organization Chart|
|Starting a Neighborhood Watch|
-Steps/Phases to Becoming a SafeAlex Neighborhood Watch
SafeAlex Community Policing handbook
|Disaster Preparedness: A Checklist|
- In the Event of a Hurricane or Severe Weather...
- Listen to weather bulletins.
- Cut off water sprinkler systems, garden hoses.
- Clean storm drains and catch basins, if safe, free ofdebris.
- Do not walk or drive in flooded areas (danger of contaminants and open hazards invisible to you).
- Heed executive orders and essential business directives.
- Stay off the road if at all possible; take care of familymembers who need you; and get to higher ground in areas prone to flooding.
- Keep debris and trash out of diversion canals anddrainage right-of-ways.
- Know what to do after the storm:
- Assist in removing minor debris from storm drains to reduce street flooding.
- Limit travel during and immediately following the storm.
- Be mindful of downed power lines; do not touch any low hanging lines of any type.
- Avoid removal of debris in the vicinity of downed lines until declared safe by proper authorities.
- Disaster Preparedness: A Checklist
City contacts before, during, & after the storm:
First Call Non-emergencies 318 - 441 - 6231
Alexandria Police Department 318 - 441 - 6442
Alexandria Fire Department 318 - 441 - 6911
To Report a Power Outage 318 - 473 - 1301
Dial 911 when the situation is an emergency or acrime is in progress:
- Any fire
- If you see or hear a fight or a domestic dispute
- If you see someone trying to force their way into a
- home or a car
- If you hear screaming or call for help
- If you hear gunfire
- If you hear a child being forced or beckoned into a
- car or a home
- If you hear an alarm or breaking glass
- Any other emergency
Call APD directly any time the situation is not an emergency:
- If you see suspicious behavior - such as someone walking in and out of yards or looking into cars
- If you see a car driving around the neighborhood repeatedly with no apparent destination
- If you see something that just looks out of place or unfamiliar and seems suspicious
- If you see unknown people carrying property froma neighbors house or car
- Any other non-emergency situation
Car Safety Tips
- Close your vehicle windows.
- Conceal valuables. Do this before you park as you may bewatched.
- Lock your vehicle doors & do not leave spare keys hidden inor on your vehicle.
- Emergency Assistance 911
- APD Police Assistance 318 449 5099essential advice
- Over half of all vehicle thefts occur in residential neighborhoods. Park your vehicle off road & if possible in alocked garage.
- Do not place your name, address & registration number on your key-tag.
- Remove valuables from your vehicle - if you can’t, concealthem.
- One in five stolen vehicles are left unlocked with the keys inthe ignition.
- Park in well-lighted areas. More than two-thirds of total theftsoccur after dark.
- One of every five larcenies involves the theft of a motorvehicles accessories. Consider investing in an alarm system or an anti-theft bar.
- Have your keys out when walking to your car.
- Keep car remote close by in case you are confronted. Pressingthe panic button may scare away the suspect.
Home Safety Tips
WHEN AWAY FROM HOME, BE SURE TO TAKE THE FOLLOWING PRECAUTIONS:
- Make sure your home appears occupied. Put timers on your lights and set them to go off at different times.
- Have your newspaper and mail held or picked up by a friend or neighbor.
- Notify the police that you are leaving town and provide them with the dates you will be away and an emergency phone number.
- Be sure outdoor lighting illuminates all entrances to your home.
- Shrubbery should be cut back to discourage burglars from hiding near windows and doors.
- All entrances should be kept locked at all times, including the garage door.
- Install a peephole in your front door.
- Windows and should be secured with auxiliary locks or pinned.
- Deadbolt locks should be used on all exterior doors.
- Don’t hide keys in mailboxes, planters or under doormats. These are the first places burglars look. If you have a trusted neighbor, give them a key.
- If you return home and think your home has been entered, don’t go in. Call the police from a neighbor’s home or cellphone.