TOCity Watch [TOCity.Watch@ventura.org]
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007
To: Joe Evans
Subject: City Watch Information
Hello watchers. Well I would like to start by welcoming the 175 new
Watchers who have signed up this last month. As you can see our numbers are
growing and we are seeing results.
With all our new members on board, I would like to explain how we work. I
will continue to send crime alerts about incidents that occur in the Conejo
Valley. I am selective about which alerts I send. I evaluate each incident and
decide if it is appropriate for our group.
Recently a fellow Watcher suggested that I separate the Alerts from the
Information e-mails. This is a great idea and so from now on the alerts will be
separate. This way you can read the information e-mails at your
Now how do we reach the most people in our community? Well I
believe we do that by each one of you forwarding the alerts to everyone you know
in the Conejo Valley. I suggest each of you create your own
City Watch Group in your e-mail program. This way you can easily
forward all the alerts you receive.
We currently have about 475 Watchers. You can see that if each one of us
forward to 20 of our friends or neighbors, we really reach about 9,000 people.
Now some of you have the ability to forward to many more and I encourage
that. I know we have several Watcher who forward to more than three
hundred people. With this type of cooperation we will make a difference for
With the increased numbers we will start to make it impossible for crooks
to operate in our community with out getting our attention. You know the
old saying "two heads are better than one". Well I say
50,000 people watching for crooks makes our community safer.
To give you an example: This weekend one of our Watchers heard a car pull
up in front of her home late at night. The watcher had seen the alerts about the
vehicle burglaries and was ready. The Watcher was able to copy down the
license plate number and call police. Before police arrived the
watcher observed the man take a bicycle and put it into his vehicle just
before he drove away. Now we do not know where the bicycle came from but that
does not matter to us. If this guy was out committing crimes, we now have a way
to identify him. Just because we may not have a crime reported yet does not mean
we won't need to know about other crimes this guy was doing. To be fair, if
he was not committing crimes he should have no problem tell that to our
I talked to Detectives this morning and they are investigating the
possible theft. The information our Watcher provided was critical
to the investigation. Detectives can now compare this crook to other thefts
that have been occurring in our community.
This is just one example of how important it is for us to provide the
community with information about crimes in their area. The community can now
work with police to "catch those crooks" and let everyone else know that " we
are watching and we can not wait to call the Police."
Well keep up the good work.