KEEPING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFE AND PLEASANT
In Historic Kenwood, we believe that one of the benefits of fostering a strong sense of community is that we collectively strengthen our neighborhood and watch out for one another. Like most urban areas, St. Petersburg has its share of individuals who don't abide by the law. So we do everything we can to make sure that our neighborhood is safe and comfortable.
3 New Ways To Communicate
With The St. Pete. police.
If you have an emergency, always call 911.
If you have a non-emergency, there is still
the non-emergency number 727- 893-7780.
However, there are 3 new avenues to give and get information.
The St. Pete Police is using the social media site Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve citywide and neighbor-to-neighbor communications. The Police Department’s Community Service Officers are assigned to specific Nextdoor neighborhoods and will be able to work together to increase safety and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch. Residents will be able to send messages directly to that officer. Our neighborhood already uses this site as a forum and to find trustworthy local resources, organize neighborhood events, such as garage sales and block parties, and get assistance to find lost pets and promote items for sale/free and inquire about items for purchase.
Tip411 - Completely Anonymous Police Tips
You can submit an anonymous tip to the St. Petersburg Police Department by either text message or using a web form. To submit an anonymous tip to the St. Petersburg Police Department using the tip-411 web form go to www.police.stpete.org/. To submit an anonymous tip via text message, text SPPD and your tip to 847411 (tip411). You must put SPPD in the beginning of the text so it goes to our police dept. It is monitored 24/7 and they will respond to you.
3. LexisNexis Community Crime Map
The St. Petersburg Police Department has replaced “Crime Reports" with "Community Crime Report". The public crime map will display calls for service activity and provide a web link to Citizen Observer's tip411 online anonymous tip platform. Seamlessly integrated, both platforms will enhance the user online experience by providing more timely information as it relates to calls for service, while simultaneously, displaying an integrated link to the anonymous tip platform. Ultimately, the Department is confident this exchange of information will promote transparency, reciprocity and contribute favorably to crime reduction. This is the place to look when you see police in your area and wondered what they were there for. As of writing this, the program works great on an iphone. Android technology is coming. It works great on all home computers.
We are the eyes and ears of our neighborhood. Let’s help the police keep our neighborhood safe. We encourage residents to take appropriate steps to protect themselves and their property. Here are a few of the resources available:
Kenwood Neighborhood Watch - Our Watch is done as a part of the Historic Kenwood Neighborhood Association. We provide neighborhood watch signs and offer KenwoodAlerts and Connections which are frequent emails that provide timely information on recent activities, potential problems, and tips on what to watch for and how to report suspicious activity. The alerts also provide information on hurricane preparedness and other issues that impact the safety and well-being of our residents. Contact: KenwoodAlert@aol.com to sign up.
Yard Signs - These are small signs that we in our yards or attach to a back fence to let everyone know that we watch out for neighbors and call on anything suspicious. Contact KenwoodAlert@aol.com to get one of these signs.
St. Petersburg Police Department Community Service Officers - Police officers are assigned to each neighborhood and become very familiar with its people and activities. One of the officers assigned to Kenwood reports at each HKNA meeting. They also provide, as a free service, a home security survey. Call 727-551-3183.
St. Petersburg Police Neighborhood Crime Watch - This website is filled with prevention tips.
A FEW BASIC SAFETY TIPS
Lock up! - Keep your home, your car, your shed, and your bicyles locked. Most thefts and attempted thefts in Historic Kenwood occur because property is not locked. Don't leave anything of vaue in your car.
Report suspicious activity - The police WANT us to report suspicions before they turn into crimes, and they follow through quickly. Call the police non-emergency line: 727-893-7780. For true emergencies, call 911.
Light your property and house number - Lights deter criminals, and a well-lit house number enables the police to find you quickly.
Say hello! - Speak to everyone you see. Greetings make for a friendly neighborhood, and they also let potential troublemakers know they've been noticed.
Carry your cell phone - And program in the police non-emergency number: 727-893-7780.
Keep your car keys beside your bed - Sound your car alarm if you spot an intruder.
Get your free security inspection, and adopt recommendations - Request the community police officer to come to your home and give you a free home security survey. Then adopt the recommendations.