LRCA Information & Events

Neighborhood Watch

To join the LRCA Neighborhood Watch or for more information, contact Jon Parker at neighborhoodwatch@lrcaonline.org.

What is the goal of the Neighborhood Watch?

The LRCA Neighborhood Watch, the second oldest in Fairfax County, works to keep our community apprised of safety concerns and improve the quality of life in our neighborhood. To support those goals the Neighborhood Watch conducts regular patrols of our neighborhood.

What is Neighborhood Watch?

We are not a police force, nor do we have any formal link to the state or local government. We are all your friends and neighbors, and we patrol the neighborhood during the weekends through most of the year to help let everyone know that this community cares about its families. A commitment to be a member of the Neighborhood Watch only requires about 2 hours of your time every 3 to 4 months.

How can I get involved?

Most important, you can just be a good neighbor. Get to know your neighbors. If something unusual happens on your street, call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131. The police are happy to investigate anything suspicious or unusual. Of course, in the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 911. If you would like to participate more fully in the activities of the LRCA Board or the Neighborhood Watch, contact your board member or the Neighborhood Watch Commander—Jon Parker at neighborhoodwatch@lrcaonline.org.

From the Fairfax County Police Website:
  • Be alert for strangers in your neighborhood! So many burglaries could be stopped or prevented if only more people would report suspicious happenings.
  • Notify the police immediately of any suspicious people, trucks or cars in the neighborhood. Don't worry about being a nuisance. Your police department will welcome your call and the opportunity to prevent a burglary. Remember, your belongings are yours; keeping them out of the hands of burglars and thieves is your responsibility.
  • Vandalism to homes, automobiles and other property is a major problem throughout Fairfax County. Help your neighbors and yourself by taking part in NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH!
OBTAINING A HOME SECURITY INSPECTION

Fairfax County Police officers can help you develop security measures for your own home. A qualified, trained police officer will inspect the locks, doors, and windows of your home, and review landscaping and other factors that might make your home a target for burglary. The officers will then make recommendations for improving your home’s security. Police officers can also instruct you on how to make an inventory of your valuables and mark them so they can be identified if stolen. Property identification discourages thieves and makes fencing of stolen property more difficult. To schedule a free home security inspection, call the West Springfield District Police Station on Rolling Road (703-644-7377).

PREVENTING HOME BURGLARIES

DO make your home look like you’re there. Timers that turn lights off and on give your home a “lived-in look” when you’re gone.

DO have good locks. A high-quality, one-inch deadbolt lock on every outside door is a basic requirement.

DON’T leave your home unlocked, even for a brief trip to the store or a visit to the neighbor across the street.

DON’T hide a key outside your home. Leave the extra key with a trusted neighbor or friend. If you have deadbolt cylinder locks, you must use a key to lock the door, and can’t possibly lock yourself out.

DON’T put a name or address tag on your house or car keys. That’s an open invitation to an unwelcome visitor should you ever lose your keys.

DO plug a radio into a timer and set it to go on when you’re away. Set the radio to all-talk station, leave the volume low, and give a would-be burglar the impression you’re talking to someone. Light and noise are burglars’ worst enemies.

DO lock your car at night, and park it in the driveway or garage.

DO have the local police conduct a free home security inspection and be an active participant in Neighborhood Watch.