The most effective and least costly way to keep our neighborhoods safe is for each of us individually to be the “eyes and ears” of the community. Crime goes down when perpetrators know that there is a higher likelihood that they will be noticed.
But even more effective is to form Neighborhood Watch Groups, groups of neighbors organized to take care of one another. To be most effective, Neighborhood Groups should be geographically small. We have several Watch Groups in Point Richmond. Ideally all of Point Richmond would be organized into Watch Groups.
If you are interested in starting a Watch Group contact Crime Prevention Coordinator, Michelle Milam, at 510-620-6538. Ask for a citizen’s handbook which will teach you how Neighborhood Watch works and how you can become actively involved in the program.
Crime Prevention: http://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=992
For A Comprehensive List of Police Related FAQ go to:
The City Office of Emergency Services has a valuable website with many resources for management of a number of emergency related issues including:
- Planning and preparing for emergencies (including CERT/REACT Classes)
- Responding and recovering in emergency situations
- Mitigation of natural, manmade and accidental incidents of “high consequence”
- A guide for emergency preparedness for “special needs” individuals including seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Although at this point not all the time sensitive information is current and not all the links are working well, the website of the Office of Emergency Services has a wealth of important information and is available at http://ca-richmond2.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=206
Safety at BART:
Reduce Your Risk Getting Into Your Car:
- Walk with other people whenever possible.
- Walk with purpose and stay alert.
- Don’t talk on your cell phone.
- Approach your car with the key in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in.
- Be wary of people asking for directions or handing out fliers. Trust your instincts - if something makes you feel uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away.