The "Neighborhood Watch" Program is one of the most cost-effective answers to crime and is the foundation of community crime prevention.
Many residents are concerned about joining a Neighborhood Watch, often because they do not wish to have another commitment to add to their already busy lives. However, residents need to consider the time and money that a Neighborhood Watch can actually save. A resident's responsibilities as a member are the following:
Know your neighbors and watch out for each other
Report suspicious activities and crimes to the Police
Learn how you can make yourself and your community safer by attending bimonthly meetings
Benefits of Having a Watch
To maintain Lisle’s low crime rate, the Police Department needs your help. How many times have you gone out to get your paper in the morning and found your mailbox or your neighbor's mailbox vandalized? Would you even notice if there was damage to your neighbor's property? Have you ever seen a suspicious vehicle in front of a neighbor's home and wondered what to do?
All of these questions can be answered by having a Neighborhood Watch. Any Lisle resident can be a member: whether you are young, old, a homeowner, or an apartment dweller. A successful watch is all about residents working together.
How do you Report Suspicious Incidents or Criminal Activity?
It is simple, follow these steps:
Give your name and address, or if you wish, you can be anonymous
Explain what happened
Briefly describe the suspect: sex, race, age, height / weight, hair color, clothing, distinctive characteristics such as beard, glasses, limp when walking
Describe vehicle if one was involved: color, make, model, year, license plate. If you are not sure what kind of car it was, what did it look like?
To start a Neighborhood Watch in your area, please call the Lisle Police Department at 630-271-4200. After you have held at least 3 meetings with 50% of your neighbors in attendance, Neighborhood Watch signs can be posted in your area (with the approval of the Village Manager).