Welcome to the Midvale Heights Good Neighbor Project

Neighbors working together for a safe and caring community through cooperation, education and awareness

Questions? Comments? Please contact us at

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Image Tuesday, April 9th join us and meet Sheriff Dave Mahoney. He'll speak about the new jail and recent news. Image

6:30pm at Midvale Community Lutheran Church (4329 Tokay Blvd.) – Everyone is welcome!

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How Should I Report an Emergency, Incident or Crime?

  • If it’s happening NOW, dial 911
  • To report an incident that occurred previously, or if you have information to share with police, use the non-emergency dispatch number: 255-2345
  • To file a Citizen Self-Report for incidents like damage to property, ID theft or a stolen bicycle, use the Madison Police Department’s self-report form: https://www.cityofmadison.com/police/selfreport/selfReport.cfm
A healthy, united community is one of the strongest deterrents to crime. Your call could save a life, prevent an injury, even stop a crime! Knowledge is power.

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We don't have a neighborhood watch in Midvale Heights because crime is bad here. To the contrary, crime is especially low here. In fact, we enjoy some of the lowest crime rates in the city. One great reason for our low crime rate is our friendly neighborhood watch. You can help us help you stay safe just by keeping aware of what's going on around your neighborhood. We can help by sending you email alerts when crime happens in Midvale Heights. We also email weekly crime digests packed with tips showing how you can reduce your own chances of becoming a crime victim and we include information about upcoming meetings and events. Keeping crime low helps protect the value of your property, reduces insurance premiums and keeps Midvale Heights one of the safest communities in Madison. Would you like to be empowered to keep your community safe? If your answer is YES, then please join us and start receiving your own weekly newsletter and special crime alerts! We are your neighbors working together for a safe and caring community through cooperation, education and awareness.

WIDELP A weekly summary of Midvale Heights crime and news events can be heard on WIDE-LP 99.1 FM every Monday at 12 noon and 5PM.
Weekly summaries are condensed versions of the weekly Crime Digests emailed to subscribers every Sunday.

Past Tours and Classes

Madison Central District HQ and 911 Center Tours — Self-Defense Class

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We offered a behind-the-scenes tour of the Madison Police Central District Headquarters and the 911 Center which gave us a better understanding of the job dispatchers do. The tour of the Madison Police headquarters, led by Chief Koval, included a visit to his office, the many conference rooms where various briefings and press events are held, a photo display of every officer, current and historical crime facts and much more. We also offered a self-defense class with instructors Charles Dean and Billie Buss from the Academy of Hwa Rang Do www.hrdmadwest.com/ who taught us some helpful hand moves and joint manipulations for self-protection.

Police HQ Tour w/ Chief Koval — NBC15 Tour w/Morgan Wolfe — WKOW Tour w/ Bob Lindmeier

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Chief Koval’s Central District Tour was so popular we offered it a second time. Morgan Wolfe showed us around the new NBC15 studio where we saw the various studios, some of the news anchors and even practiced giving weather reports against a green screen. We also toured the WKOW studios with meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, he showed us how their local news broadcasts are put together, and then did a live weather broadcast while we watched from the floor just feet away.

Training Facility Tour with Chief Koval

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Chief Koval took us on a tour of the Madison Police Department Training Center where we learned about the extensive training Madison Police Officers receive. We visited classrooms, the weight room, the scenario rooms, the firing range and more. Some of us even got to try out their squad car driving simulator.

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Planning an extended trip in the future? Along with the typical items you take care of in preparation for the trip, such as halting your mail, having your newspapers held, having your lawn mowed/driveways plowed and notifying your neighbors to keep an eye on your home, MPD would like to add another level of "community" to this process by offering extra patrol, when available, to your neighborhood during the time when you are gone. Please provide MPD with the needed information which will be shared with your patrol officers. If you have any questions, please contact your local district. Click vacation image to the left to be taken to MPD form.

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Simply a warm and friendly way for officers and citizens to engage and interact in a very relaxed environment.

Officers will be at Steep & Brew, at 6656 Odana Road, every Thursday at 9am. West District patrol officers, supervisors and commanders will all participate.

They will make every attempt to have an officer present every week, though sometimes it just won't be possible. Please stop by, enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with one of your district officers.

Click picture to the left to be taken to MPD site to learn more. Let's support them! Tell them Steve (guy in picture sitting in the back right wearing blue sweater) says HELLO!

What is a Neighborhood Watch?

FireAlarm2.gif A neighborhood watch is like a smoke detector in your home. It alerts you to a problem and summons for help. This action reduces damage, protects lives and saves property. We all know crime, like fire, can destroy lives, property and home values. Unfortunately, crime also leaves its victims feeling hurt, betrayed and distrustful. These feeling can last forever. One goal of our neighborhood watch is to work with you our neighbors by keeping you aware of crimes in the area and arming you with crime prevention knowledge thereby empowering you to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. The benefits of having a trained neighborhood watch in a community means you have neighbors that are watching out for one another who respond immediately to crime threats, keeps the police informed and involved in neighborhood problems before problems get out of control.

Some people will argue that they currently don't have crime in the area and therefore don't need a neighborhood watch. To them I would remind them that it takes months to start a watch and years to grow a membership. Crime, like fire, spreads fast, especially left unchecked. You need people trained in what to look for, need neighbors to feel comfortable calling 911 on suspicious activities, need email lists that communicate important information and raises everyone's awareness and last, need lines of communication established and ready to use when needed. Today in Midvale Heights we have an active watch of over 700 members ready to respond immediately should crime appear on any of our doorsteps. Are you a member? Do you feel empowered? Do you feel the strength in numbers that comes from being a part of this community effort? Would you or your family like to learn how to stay safe and stay aware? Then won't you please join us! We're not just growing, we're building relationships with communities all across the Madison area.

NW_PIE   You live in your community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When you look at the pie chart to the left it shows Madison's population of 244,000 in relation to its police force of 455. Who has the best chance to see and report suspicious activity and crime in your neighborhood day and night? Who has the best chance to recognize suspicious activities and people on your block? That's right, it's you. All we ask is that if you see something out of the ordinary, something suspicious, that you call the Madison Police (911) and let them check it out. Like storm spotters who are the trained eyes of the National Weather Service alerting authorities to a tornado, we are the trained eyes of our community watching for suspicious activities. Working together we can alert the Madison Police of a potential crime or suspicious activity and let them take it from there. Please join us! NOTE: We are not citizen vigilantes. We are your helpful neighbors and work close with MPD and our community to keep our beautiful neighborhoods safe for everyone.

Get to better know and trust your Madison Police. Be empowered, feel encouraged, learn the many things you can do to prevent crime and meet the professionals who do this every day. Attend a neighborhood watch meeting, sign up for a ride along, join us on a behind the scenes tour, ask questions and learn how you can help reduce your own chances of being a crime victim while meeting friendly neighbors. Neighborhood watch speakers range from Chief Koval to our District Attorney to Crime Stoppers; the specially trained dogs of Madison's K-9 Unit, to the beautiful horses of Madison PD's Mounted Patrol; a supervisor with the 911 Center to Sheriff David Mahoney and even the FBI.

MHNW1.jpg   Before and after listening to the experts in their field and having your questions answered, please stop by our information table. Pick up some free literature on crime prevention, browse the many pictures and awards received, see our autographed picture from famous Hollywood actor Joe Mantegna from the CBS hit series Criminal Minds, buy a neighborhood watch sign or pick up some free treats! At this table you can also sign up for special tours, ask questions and sign up for ride alongs with a Madison Police officer. We also have a HUGE Thank You card with hundreds of signatures we will present to the Madison Police during the 2017 police appreciation week in May. If you haven't signed this yet, please stop by and share your thanks to our outstanding officers!

Midvale Heights Neighborhood Watch In The News

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The Four Steps to an Effective Midvale Heights Neighborhood Watch

Step 1: Remember to keep you car, home and garage doors locked. 95% of all property crimes happen when doors are found open.
Step 2: Stay aware of crime in your neighborhood. By staying aware, you are less likely to be the next victim of a similar crime and are more alert.
Step 3: Watch for suspicious activities. Trust your instincts. You know your neighborhood and neighbors. If you sense something isn't right, call 911.
Step 4: Call Madison PD and report suspicious activities immediately. Criminals get away because people think someone else will call or unaware a crime is taking place. The Midvale Heights Neighborhood Watch can help you. Sign up for our Crime Alerts. Stay informed of crimes in your community. Attend neighborhood watch meetings and meet with neighbors and law enforcement. Learn what to watch for, hone skills, ask questions, and build relationships. Recruit your friends and neighbors to join us! The more eyes on our neighborhood, the stronger and more effective we can be. Feel EMPOWERED, be EMPOWERED! There is strength in numbers.

Neighborhood Watch Meetings

We meet at the Midvale Community Lutheran Church 4329 Tokay Blvd, Madison, WI 53711 corner of Tokay and Midvale from 6:30-8pm
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— 2016 Past Events/Speakers 

- February 9th, Laura Fay with DTACP spoke about how to prevent Identity Theft. 

- March 8, 2016 meet Jill Karofsky with Crime Victims Services. 

- April 12, 2016 meet Terry Loos with MPD Gang Task Force. 

- May 10, 2016 meet Justine Harris with MPD Burglary Unit. 

- June 14, 2016 banking experts discuss protecting yourself from financial fraud.

- July 12, 2016 meet the Madison Police Mounted Patrol - Special time 5:30-6:30pm.

- August 16th meet WKOW chief meteorologist Bob Lindmeier. Learn how to stay safe in tornadoes and severe weather & meet Sgt Ellis with MPD

- September 13th Dr. David Drake - UW Urban Canid Project will talk about the foxes and coyotes seen in our community

- October 11th, Josalyn Longley, Community Deputy and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Dane County, active shooter and workplace violence preparedness

- Nov 15th Emmy-award-winning journalist and WISC Ch3 morning anchor Adam Schrager, will share information about local scams and frauds he’s uncovered in his Call to Action segments and suggest ways we can protect ourselves from becoming victims.

- Dec 13th Holiday Social with Police Chief Mike Koval and the Capital K9s


— 2017 Past Events/Speakers 

- Jan 10th Fire Safety canceled due to bad weather

- Feb 14th lovable Carren Corcoran and K9 Officer Slim

- March 14th “How the Heroin Epidemic Affects You” with Captain Cory Nelson and Detective Reggie Patterson

- April 18th "What Smart Actions Should You Take During or After a Burglary?"

- Get up close and personal with the MPD’s Mounted Patrol horses on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:30pm

- July 11th MG&E’s Jonathan Beers joins us to talk about power outage safety and preparation 

- August 8th - Learn How You and Your Family Can Stay Safe Online at our August Event 

- September 12th - Meet members of the Crime Prevention Team and learn valuable neighborhood crime prevention tips 

- October 10th - Meet Madison Fire Department’s Community Education Officer, Bernadette Galvez 

- November 14th - Meet J. McLellan from Dane County Emergency Management, and learn how you and your family can create your own disaster plan 

- December 12th - Second Annual Holiday Social featuring Police Chief Mike Koval and new Midtown Police Station Captain, Jay Lengfeld plus coffee and holiday treats 


— 2018 Past Events/Speakers 

- January 9th at 6:30pm meet the MPD’s Joel DeSpain who will join us to talk about what he does as the department’s busy Public Information Officer 

- Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30pm - Learn about the mental health crisis in our community from an MPD mental health officer and a Journey Mental Health crisis social worker 

- Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30pm - Ask the TSA Your Travel Safety Questions 

- Tuesday, April 10th at 6:30pm - Learn about the City's Building Inspection Division. Get answers to your questions before starting this season's home and yard projects 

- Tuesday, May 8th - Learn About Program That Helps Violent Offenders Turn Their Lives Around 

- Tuesday, June 12th - Learn about the Latest Scams and How to Protect Yourself 

- Tuesday, July 10th, see an MPD Drone Demonstration 

- Tuesday, August 7th, Learn About Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety 

- Tuesday, September 11th, Learn How to Survive an Active Shooter Incident 

- Tuesday, October 9th we’ll hear from an MPD Gang Unit officer who will talk about youth gang and gun violence in our area 

- Tuesday, November 13th join us and meet the MPD’s new Crime Prevention Officer. Learn how Improve your personal safety skills and about Ring Video Doorbells 

- Tuesday, December 11th please join us for our Holiday Social!

— 2019 Past Events/Speakers 

- Tuesday, January 8th you’ll learn how the Dane County 911 emergency system works, what type of training dispatchers receive and what types of calls they take. And you’ll learn tips for being a better 911 caller and what to expect from a dispatcher during certain emergencies 

-Tuesday, March 12th join us to hear from physical therapist and athletic trainer Lori Thein Brody who will give us tips for safely easing into our favorite spring activities like gardening, hiking and biking

What an incredible first year 2015 was. Thank you!

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When Crime Occurs

There are tools we can use to stay aware of a suspects whereabouts. It may be important to know if a suspect arrested for a burglary is released on bail or if that person is still in jail. This Vinelink website will tell you the status of anyone brought into our jails and let you sign up for alerts when they are released.
http://wcca.wicourts.gov/index.xsl is the link to search for information regarding a crime.
http://offender.doc.state.wi.us/lop/ is the link for Dept of Correction offender locator.
To look up a WI license plate (basic info to confirm accuracy, vehicle type) https://trust.dot.state.wi.us/pinq/PinqServlet?whoami=pinqp1
You can also self report crimes. Click on link below to go to page where you can self report crimes. Note the one I circled as this is where most of you will want to click.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center - Good Information Regarding Internet Scams


Some Other Ways You Can Help

Capital K9s HELP SUPPORT THE CAPITAL K-9's. The Madison Police Department (MPD) K9 Unit benefits the community by tracking/locating missing persons, apprehending dangerous suspects, and detecting illegal drugs and weapons. There are currently eight MPD dogs on active duty. Donations are the lifeblood of this organization. Please consider donating today! http://capitalk9s.org/ Fundraising events include K9 CSI 3 and Dog Paddle at the Goodman Pool.
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IMG CKD HELP SUPPORT THE CHIEF & COMMUNITY. Do you have a stuffed animal or children's book you can donate? As the Chief explains the bears and books are helpful in dealing with children who have experienced (or witnessed) trauma. We want to melt some of the fear/apprehension/trepidation that can be experienced by being with big, unfamiliar-looking (and sometimes imposing) police officers. Anything we can use to bridge the gap is useful in that endeavor. Donations can be dropped off at monthly neighborhood watch meetings or at any police station. Your support is deeply appreciated.

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Neighborhood Watch Chair

Steve Fitzsimmons

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Police Chief Mike Koval always tells us he can no longer do it alone. He needs our help. We live in a beautiful community surrounded by quiet neighborhoods, scenic landscapes and the nicest people. So when we hear of crime, we naturally think it's something that happens somewhere else. Unfortunately, history reminds us that we are not immune from crime. Crimes damage our community in many ways. For one, crime makes us feel unsafe, but most importantly it hurts the victims of these crimes in ways that go beyond the physical damage and financial loss.

In an effort to fight back, to feel and be empowered, Midvale Heights has formed a Neighborhood Watch. FBI statistics show that areas where there is an active neighborhood watch crime drops. Where crime drops, property values tend to rise and in many cases the costs of insuring a home or auto drop. Neighborhood watches help people in the community feel safer, lessen the chances of those involved to be crime victims, bring communities closer and offer opportunities where neighbors can work together to address other concerns like adding crosswalks, stop speeding or any number of other safety concerns. Our neighborhood watch follows the recommendations given by Madison Police, that is neighbor watching out for their neighbors.

Working close with the Madison Police and each other, we stay informed of crimes in our neighborhoods. Attending Neighborhood Watch meetings we learn new ways to deter crime and how and what to watch for in identifying suspicious activity. We learn it's not only okay to call 911 to report suspicious activity, it's encouraged and we learn to trust our instincts. If something doesn't look or feel right, it probably isn't. Call 911. Criminals and police agree that the more people who join a Neighborhood Watch, the stronger it becomes and the more successful it is in reducing crime. We currently have over 700 people watching out for their neighbors in Midvale Heights. Are you one of these good people? Thank you! Would you like to join this noble effort? Please subscribe to the EWatch Notices (offered near the top of this page by the red flashing dots) and help us all take a bite out of crime! We are a very neighborly, friendly, helpful group who just want to keep our community safe.

I look forward to working with you to help keep our Midvale Heights neighborhoods safe. Please join your neighbors and our local police officer at the next neighborhood watch meeting and learn how you too can help while picking up some free informative literature and stickers. Thank you for your interest and for watching out for your neighbors. Remember, YOU are the key to making our neighborhood watch succeed. It's all hands on deck, it's one for all and all for one, it's you, me, and our community that make it all work. Thank you.

If you want to learn how you can reduce your chances of being burglarized, please take a look at this video. Lots of helpful info here.
It's from the National Crime Prevention Council - http://www.ncpc.org/media/banners/burg%20suppression/ One such tip is buy a dog bowl and write KILLER on it!
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Here's another good crime prevention video from Madison PD. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs87TRlxtYQ&feature=youtu.be


Help Is Available If You Are The Victim Of A Crime

District Attorney Crime Victim Services

The District Attorney's Office and State of Wisconsin offers you help.

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About Me

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Crime victim, crime fighting advocate; Graduate of the Madison Police Citizen's Academy 2015;
59 years young, married 27. Have four finches, two cockatiels, and several K-9s.
NWS trained storm spotter, crime prevention educator; Hobbies include writing, walking, bike riding, listening to music, bird watching, and gardening.
Former president of the Madison Area Cagebird Association of Wisconsin (MACAW) - Worked on legislation to protect birds sold in pet stores. Helped raise thousands for humane society and area avian rescues for many years. Former Vice President Midvale Heights Community Association, Chair MHCA Neighborhood Watch, media liaison/newsletter editor for MidWest Severe Storm Tracking & Response Center (South Central Wisconsin Storm/Tornado Spotter Network).
Licenses include FAA Private Pilot, NAUI/PADI SCUBA Diver, and FCC HAM Radio.

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Master the Basics of Crime Prevention Right Here!

  1. Keep garage doors closed whenever possible.
  2. Keep your car, home and windows locked. (Please do not leave your car keys in your car or garage door opener in unlocked car!)
  3. Add exterior lighting with motion sensors.
  4. Reduce hiding places for criminals by keeping bushes and shrubs trimmed near entrances.
  5. Leave a light, radio or TV on when not home and use timers to turn items on and off randomly.
  6. Mark valuables with engraver to help law enforcement return stolen items back to you (see Operation ID below).
  7. Do not put your name on your mailbox.
  8. Make sure your address is readable outside and easy to find should emergency personnel need to respond to your home.
  9. Be a nosy neighbor. Know what's going on in your neighborhood.
  10. Never assume someone else has called in suspicious activity or a crime. Everyone else assumes this, but not you, you call 911.
  11. Most Important - Report ALL SUSPICIOUS activities to the Madison Police immediately. If it's happening now, call 911, don't wait. If it happened a few hours or days ago call the non-emergency number, 255-2345. Also, please send me an email so I can send out an alert to fellow neighborhood watchers. Trust your instincts, error on the side of safety and call. Let's all Take the Time to Stop a Crime!

Operation ID

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Operation Identification is nationally recognized by law enforcement as a citizen's burglary prevention program for use in the home or business. This program has existed for over 30 years. The Operation ID program allows law enforcement to detect, identify, and return stolen or lost property to its rightful owner. The Operation ID program involves marking or engraving property with an identifying number and displaying a window decal to discourage burglary and theft. The ideal identifying number is your state issued Driver's License number which is easily recognized and traced by law enforcement. Avoid using your social security number. MHNW will keep a few engravers to loan out.
  1. Mark property or valuables with an identifying mark, preferably your driver's license with state abbreviation followed by number: Example: CA-B1234567
  2. Inventory your marked property on a form with descriptions including brand, model number, and serial number. Keep it in a safe place.
Above information can be found at http://www.opid.org/

Safety in Numbers (from http://njcooperator.com/articles/295/1/The-Power-of-a-Neighborhood-Watch/Page1.html)

According to the National Sheriffs' Association, neighborhood watch programs work because they make life difficult for potential criminals in a number of ways. Depending on the scope of the program, watch associations can do everything from encouraging homeowners to get security inspections and upgrade locks, security hardware and lighting to organizing phone trees for quick neighborhood alerts. Watch groups also ward off potential criminal activity by keeping the neighborhood well-marked with watch signs and stickers on homes—the kinds of things that makes thieves think twice.

There is also strength in numbers. A neighborhood watch group not only keeps criminals at bay, they can also work to make new neighborhoods safe by lobbying home builders to use effective door and window locks and provide outside lighting. "These groups can get things done when it comes to matters such as stop signs to slow traffic in the neighborhood," says Mitchell. "It gives people a collective voice."

According to the National Neighborhood Watch Program, burglaries nationwide decreased more than 30 percent throughout the 1990s, thanks to communities taking a more active role in stopping crime before it starts. "People expect to live in their neighborhoods and have peace and quiet," says Russell Mitchell, neighborhood watch coordinator for the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office in Syracuse, New York and a member of the National Neighborhood Watch Advisory Committee. "That's what we advocate."

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Isn't it better to prevent crime than to become a victim of it?

  • Hiding valuables? Consider your kid’s sock drawer. Thieves often scour master bedrooms, but leave kids’ room untouched.
  • Continuously watch out for your neighbors and for anything that looks odd or suspicious. Crime happens when least expected. Be ready for it!
  • Lock your house and car doors (even when you are home). Close garage doors.
  • Light the outside of your house and yard with motion activated lights. Criminals are like cockroaches and like it dark so light it up!
  • Use a variety of timers throughout the house to turn lights on and off in different rooms when not home.
  • Remember, we're all in this working together to stay safe. Get to know your neighbors, your Madison Police by attending meetings.
  • Just by being a part of this effort, the odds of you becoming a victim of crime drop substantially.
  • Always report suspicious activity immediately and call 911 - Trust your instincts. If it looks wrong, it likely IS wrong. Never assume someone else will call, they won't.
  • When calling Madison PD, give as much detail as you can. Color, direction, car type, license, clothing, race, hair, etc. Can ask to be anonymous.
  • Mark your belongings with driver's license number. We can lend you an engraver to help with this if you need one.
  • Consider hiring an alarm company. Re-enforce door and window locks. Adopt a dog. Criminals don't like barking dogs as they alert everyone to their presence. According to *Chief Koval, Lt. Hanson and others, they never took a home burglary report where a dog lived.
  • Make sure your address outside is easy to find and read day and night in case you need police or fire to respond to your home.
  • Do not put your name on your mailbox.
  • Call 911 if you notice anyone walking down the street looking into or touching cars or any other type of suspicious activity.
  • People knocking on doors/ringing doorbells can be checking to see if anyone is home. Could be a suspicious activity to call 911 on.
  • Someone sitting in a car could be staking out a home or person, acting as a lookout for criminals and could be a suspicious activity to call 911 on.
  • If you get nervous about calling 911, remember, you're not alone. Take a deep breath, take two if you need to, then call 911. 911 operators are people just like you. They want to hear what you have to say. Keep your conversation on topic, just the facts and answer any questions best you can. Send me an email too.
  • Be a nosy neighbor! Know what's going on in your neighborhood.
  • Recruit more neighbors to join our effort! The more eyes we have watching out for each other and reporting suspicious activities, the more effective we are fighting crime.
  • Don't be afraid to fight back or get involved! Fear only invites more crime. Stand up to crime. We stand or fall together. If you don't want to get involved, email me the info or call Madison PD anonymously. Let's Take the Time to Stop a Crime!
  • Remember our motto - "NO MORE! Refuse to be a victim!" We watch out for each other and work with Madison Police and the DA for the toughest sentencing, highest bail and longest jail time.
  • Remember why we do this - to keep our community safe for our friends, family and neighbors. There is strength in numbers. There is support with our neighborhood watch. *We do make a difference. Intimidation is not an option. Statistics show that areas where there is an organized crime watch tend to have a significant reduction in criminal activity.
  • Get a Cow Bell and attach it to your door or fence gate to alert you when someone is opening it. Can purchase one at Amazon.com for less than $10.
  • When there is crime in the area I try and send at least two crime alert emails a week to keep everyone informed of news in our community. When crime is low, I usually send out one crime alert a week on Sunday or Monday. We're also on the air on 99.1 FM!

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Resources for Starting a Neighborhood Watch Group pdf file.
Here's some great info on starting a Neighborhood Watch from USAonWatch and National Sheriff's Association
Here's more good info on Neighborhood Watches from the Oshkosh PD
Sheriff's tips on starting a Neighborhood Watch - http://www.sjso.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Neighborhood-watch-.pdf
New York State Police tips - https://troopers.ny.gov/crime_prevention/General_Safety/Neighborhood_Watch/
Here's another great resource for Neighborhood Watches - A Captain's Guide - Good tips on what's suspicious.

Great tips- Nosy neighbors, neighborhood watch, barking dog, locked doors - http://www.today.com/home/how-protect-your-home-burglaries-thieves-tell-all-t108794
National Crime Prevention Council - (Good one!) Preventing Burglaries - http://www.ncpc.org/media/banners/burg%20suppression/
Madison Police - http://www.cityofmadison.com/police/
Eight Burglar Deterrents - http://safesoundfamily.com/blog/8-burglar-deterrents-to-consider-and-5-to-avoid/
National Neighborhood Watch Tips - https://alertid.com/v4/search/neighborhood-watch.asp
Crime Victim Assistance - http://www.doj.state.wi.us/ocvs/office-crime-victim-services
Madison Crime Stoppers - http://madisonareacrimestoppers.org/
Crime Reports - https://www.crimereports.com/
Link to where you can see a phonetic alphabet for reference - http://www.copquest.org/academy/files/phonetic.PDF
Crime Fighting Tips from the Crime Doctor
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  • Always lock your vehicle whether on the street, in your driveway, or in your garage.
  • Keep items of value such as cash, electronics, purses, wallets, phones, etc. out of plain view when storing them in your vehicle. Better yet, when practical, do not store items of great value in your vehicle when it is left unattended.
  • Do not store spare ignition keys in your vehicle even if they are concealed in an area where you believe they are hidden.
  • As always, report any suspicious individuals or suspicious activity to the police department. You are the “eyes and ears” of your community

MPD Helpful Documents

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People ask from time to time how they can help financially. Thank you! There are so many ways. One way is you can make a tax deductible donation to the Midvale Heights Community Association, a 501c3, and designate the amount go to the neighborhood watch. Here are some items on our Wish List.
  • 1. A general fund that spreads donation to various causes within MPD such as K9 Unit, Mounted Patrol or Stuffed Animals. Maybe coffee, donuts or pizza donation?
  • 2. Donation to buy MPD a new McGruff costume to help with MPD outreach efforts in community.
  • 3. Donation to help pay for mass mailings and extra marketing that works to increase our membership and knowledge about our watch to community.
  • 4. A general fund for operating expenses for the neighborhood watch that helps pay for meeting places, hand outs and general marketing expenses.
If you make a donation for a special purpose, please let me know so I can watch for it and make sure your donation is applied to the cause you wish. If you have any ideas for a cause not listed, please let me know and I'll consider adding it. I also have been thinking of adding an externship or scholarship for leadership building skill sets. We might offer things like helping pay for a visit to Space Camp or help with small donations for coursework for students interested in careers in public service. It's just an idea, but if you like it, please let me know. Thank you for thinking of helping!