Crime prevention is the primary function of this Department and aims at creating in the minds of James City County residents and business persons, an awareness of the roles they can individually and collectively play in the reduction and/or prevention of crime. Crime prevention also encourages individuals, groups, schools, neighborhoods and communities to participate in programs and activities to reduce/prevent crime.
Crime Prevention seminars and information are available through the James City County Police Department. These seminars can be tailored to fit the educational needs of your neighborhood or business. A wide variety of topics are available including Workplace Safety, Drug Identification, Personal Safety, Identifying and Reporting Suspicious Incidents, and Senior Safety. Home and Business Security Surveys are also available. If you are interested in learning more about any of the above topics, to schedule a survey, or for more information, please contact Sgt. Steve Humphries at 757-603-6022
Neighborhood Watch is a "team" approach to fighting crime in which the James City County Police Department works hand in hand with you and your neighbors to reduce crime in your community.
Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve.
In order to reach this goal, we want you to become better acquainted with your neighbors while our Community Services Officers show you how to protect yourself, your neighbors and your property from crime. Statistics and criminals alike verify that when neighbors organize, the opportunity for crime is drastically reduced.
The Business Watch program provides a method by which the business community and the James City County Police Department can work more closely together to prevent or solve problems in business parks, malls, shopping centers, individual businesses, etc.
The program is predicated on the same concept as the very successful Neighborhood Watch Program where neighbors watch out for neighbors. Business Watch participation enhances involvement with neighboring businesses and offers many benefits to businesses, residents, and the police department.
We also provide instruction on numerous topics to business, homeowner groups, civic groups, etc. in the prevention of: Robbery, Shoplifting, Bad Checks, Burglary, Fraud, Credit Card Fraud, and Employee Theft. We also provide instruction or presentations on Home Safety/Security, Business Security, and Personal Safety.
The James City County Police Department will conduct a free on scene security survey of your home or business. We will also provide suggestions and information on how to keep your home or business safe.
Area apartment/mobile home park managers meet with the Community Service Officer on a monthly basis to discuss current topics or areas of concern. Guest speakers are also often used to provide instruction or expertise on a specific topic.
Lighting Surveys can be performed upon request for local businesses or residents. The proper use of lighting is one of the most important aspects in dealing with public safety and crime prevention.
Blueprints and site plans for subdivisions, buildings, businesses, etc., are reviewed for safety considerations such as lighting, proposed landscaping, trafic, and overall design factors to try to reduce the risks of safety hazards and crime opportunity.