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Bridgeport In The Know

Be On the Lookout For Suspicious Activities
In Your Bridgeport Neighborhood

Know your neighbors and watch out for each other.
Report suspicious activities and crimes to the police department.
Learn how you can make yourself and your community safer.

Anyone can be a block watcher: young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner. Even the busiest of people can keep an eye out for neighbors as they come and go. It is all about neighbors helping neighbors. Watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activity that raises your suspicions to the police department.

The Bridgeport Police Department cannot function effectively without the assistance of concerned, responsible citizens. As a block watcher, you should call and report all suspicious activity. Some people fail to call simply because they are not aware of what seemingly innocent activities might be suspicious. Others may notice suspicious activity and be hesitant to call for fear of being a nosy neighbor. Many often take it for granted that someone else has already called the police.

THINGS TO LOOK FOR

Anything that seems "out of place" or suspicious or that is occurring at an unusual time of day could be criminal activity. Some things to watch for and report include:

  Someone looking in windows of houses and parked cars.
Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home or from closed businesses.
Cars, vans, or trucks moving slowly with no apparent destination or without lights.
Youths on bicycles
A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child.
A stranger entering your neighbor's house when it is unoccupied. 
Anyone removing accessories, license plates, or gas from a vehicle.
The sound of breaking glass or loud explosive sound.
People loitering in schools, parks, secluded areas or the neighborhood. 
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Apparent business transactions being conducted from a vehicle.
People being forced into vehicles, especially juveniles.
An abandoned vehicle parked on your street: This may be a stolen car.
People making a quick change of vehicles.
Open or broken doors or windows at a closed business or residence.
Anyone forcing entrance or tampering with residence, business, or car.
Juveniles walking or riding bicycles looking into backyards, cars, etc.
A stranger taking a short-cut through a backyard: They may have just broken into a home.
Vehicles being loaded with valuables and parked in front of a close business or unattended residence, even if the vehicle looks legitimate
Any vehicles moving slowly without lights or following a repetitive course. Occupants may be looking for places to rob, or they could be drug dealers or sex offenders.
Parked, occupied vehicles containing one or more persons at an unusual hour. The occupants could be lookouts for a possible burglary.
Juveniles going door-to-door looking for extra work or asking for donations. They may be casing your home for possible burglary opportunities.

While some, if not all, of the suspicious situations described could have innocent explanations, the local police would rather investigate a crime-prone situation than be called when it's too late. You could save a life, prevent an injury, or stop a crime. Report these incidents to the police department. Do not approach suspicious persons. Talk about concerns and problems with your neighbors.

HOW TO REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Call the Bridgeport Police dispatch number about
all suspicious activity at
203-576-7671
 But always call 911 for emergencies

Give your name & address. Explain slowly and clearly to the police dispatcher what you’ve seen. Briefly describe the suspect(s): sex, race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothing, other distinctive characteristics. Describe the vehicle: color, make, model, year, license plate. Do not be discouraged if the police do not respond right away.  Bridgeport police are understaffed in the biggest city in the state. If you belong to an organized block watch program, after calling police, let your block watch representative know about your suspicions so they can inform the neighborhood. Do not worry about being embarrassed if your suspicions prove to be unfounded. Think instead about what could happen if you do NOT act!

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