(Neighborhood Watch Training at the Ward 1 Senior Wellness Center, March 21, 2015.)
On Saturday, March 21, Neighborhood Watch Trainer Samantha Nolan conducted a Neighborhood Watch session at the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center located at 3531 Georgia Avenue. The training began at 10:00 a.m. and ran for about an hour and a half.
The purpose of the session was to inform residents on how to prevent crime and reduce the likelihood of becoming a crime victim. More than 80% of crime in D.C. is preventable. By reducing the number of preventable crimes, the police can concentrate on preventing and solving more violent crimes.
There were about 22 residents in attendance, and Ms. Nolan was excellent. She spoke about various types of crime and showed illustrations on what made particular houses or behaviors attractive to criminals.
Related to Neighborhood Watch, MPD has a two page flyer with tips to prevent crimes of opportunity, which you can read here.
One of the most important actions residents can do to reduce crime is to get to know each other. By having block captains and strong community engagement where residents look out for each other, many crimes of opportunity can be prevented or solved.