Wooten neighbors are dedicated to keeping the neighborhood safe for all families.
- Get to know your nextdoor neighbors. Exchange names and phone numbers. If you see something suspicious, call them. If you don’t get an answer, see the “Contacting Police” section below.
- Keep your garage door closed and your house locked, even when home.
- Keep your car doors locked. Take everything out of sight in your vehicle, including cords for your devices and other electronics. Police advise having the interior “showroom empty.”
- Don’t leave your empty car running, even for a quick trip inside.
- Don’t open your door to solicitors. Just let them know you are home by saying through the door “I’m not interested” or put up a NO SOLICITATION sign.
- Consider investing in a storm door, and keep it locked so you can answer your door more safely.
- Keep fence gates closed and, preferably, locked. Police and patrols who see an open gate will take the time to check whether an intruder gained access.
- Call in anything suspicious, even if we aren’t entirely certain something is wrong.
- Don’t just post to Facebook or NextDoor. You must call in for police to note it.
- 911 versus using 311 to make a report,
- use 311 of a crime is no longer in progress.
- If in doubt, use 911, and the call can later be downgraded in priority.
- How to give a suspicious person report.
- Most useful: gender and race
- Next most useful: height (use yourself as a guide), weight, and age.
- For the physical description, work from the head down. Note hat, hair, sunglasses/glasses, marks, tattoos, shirt / undershirt, etc. Particularly note anything that stands out as unusual.
- Note the direction the person was travelling, and the time you last saw them.
- How to give a suspicious vehicle report:
- Most useful: make and model
- Next most useful: then color and number of doors, type of wheels/rims, window tint, any stickers on the vehicle and anything else notable about the vehicle.
- Do not approach people in a possible crime situation, but call it in and be a good witness.
- Apparently truant children seen in the neighborhood during a school day – call 311 to report it (unless a crime is in progress); this will achieve a better and quicker response than calling the school, and the police on the scene will handle the situation with the school.
Recent posts about crime and safety:
CLASP (Citizen Led Austin Safety Partnership) brings together volunteers who want to address crime prevention and safety at the neighborhood level.
Read tips and info here.
Click on a red star to view the existing neighborhood watch sign at that location. Green stars indicate current proposed locations for new signs; grey stars indicate post with sign missing.
Here’s one handout from the kickoff. Coming soon: more handouts. See, you can still join in.
Click a star to view the sign.