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Neighborhood Watch Group

Original post made by Rational, Downtown North, on Mar 15, 2013

All, crime is getting out if hand in downtown- its not fun when each time my wife walks out at night, I have to remind her to keep her phone in her hand and look around constantly.

Can we start a neighborhood watch? Perhaps a we can get enough willing participants to take a 1 hour walk at least once a week in a designated say 2x4 block area. I would like to see if there are enough downtown residents so a shared Google Spreadsheet/ Map could be started to divide the work. We can share a Google Group as well.

(only using this screen name because I use it in other posts and I am not sure if this will start to come up on search results if I used my real name)

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Posted by Ready for Action
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 16, 2013 at 8:50 pm

You shouldn't "have to" tell your wife these things because she should already know and be doing these things for years... We should all be watching out for ourselves and others all the time.

But forming some sort of group to help with volunteer paroling sounds like a good idea to me!

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Too many on parole, not enough on patrol.

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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 17, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Whenever prople talk about neighborhood watch patrols, the names George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin instantly come to mind. There are undoubtedly many good and competent programs of that type, but the Florida case casts a long shadow. Will Palo Alto's neighborhood watch patrols stop young people with dark skin wearing hoodies, just because they're young people with dark skin wearing hoodies?

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Posted by Rational
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 22, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Ok, either this board is not popular or no one wants to do this ...
RfA, let's give our neighbors a few more weeks ... but yeah my wife forgets so I have to remind her all the time.
WilliamR, I am not suggesting carrying weapons :-)

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Posted by Watch Group fail
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Neighborhood watch groups seem like a good idea, but too many wannabe cops use it as a license to bully.

Just ask George Zimmermans wife:

"Zimmerman: I think anyone would doubt that innocence because I don’t know the person that I’ve been married to.

Lauer: That’s a dramatic change. I mean, you didn’t seem to doubt his innocence during the entire trial. You stood right there by his side. You went into hiding with him. You faced death threats with him. You lied under oath for him. And now you’re saying you have doubts?

Zimmerman: I have doubts."

"He just kind of treated me like I was disposable. After standing by him, he kind of left and kind of went on a victory tour without me. I thought that I was living a life with him and that we were going to kind of rebuild after all this, and he had other plans for me."

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George Zimmerman, domestic abuser, goes on a Victory Tour after a night of rage against his wife, then goes stalking, against police dispatcher orders, and murdering an unarmed teenager.

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Posted by San
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Sep 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

Zimmerman's wife is not a reliable witness. She lied about family finances, and is on probation for that. That's why she did not press charges during the domestic abuse.

That's why George went back to jail pre-trial.

What a couple.

"Zimmerman: I have doubts."

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Posted by bully once?
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Zimmerman's wife isn't the only one ol' George is bullying.

First he stalks and kills an unarmed kid. Then domestic abuse with his wife, who refuses to file a report because she's on probation for the time george and her broke the law (and had his freedom revoked by the judge.)

Now, known troublemaker George is beating his new girl.

"WESH-Channel 2 reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend.

The Sheriff's Office, in a short news release, reported that the agency had arrested Zimmerman after being called to a disturbance on Topfield Court in western Seminole County near Apopka about 1 p.m.
Photos: Orange County jail mug shots

Zimmerman's new girlfriend, 27-year-old Samantha Scheibe, lives in the 1300 block of Topfield Court, according to an unrelated Lake Mary police report....

Since then, Zimmerman has had a string of run-ins with law enforcement. In September he was handcuffed by Lake Mary police but released after his estranged wife, Shellie, and her father accused him of threatening them with a gun while they were moving her belongings out a house the couple shared until Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce.

Zimmerman had arrived at that scene with Scheibe, who was described a few days later as his girlfriend by Shellie Zimmerman's attorney, Kelly Sims.

Last week, Lake Mary police officially closed that case, saying they had no solid evidence that Zimmerman had broken the law."

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Nov 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Folks - neighborhood watch groups can be a good crime deterrent, Zimmerman not withstanding. Ours did a lot of good in our area back in the day.

You can start simple - create a neighborhood email group if you don't already have one & contact the police to help you start a watch group. You don't have to go out on patrol - most crimes are property crimes, not violent ones, and not worth defending. Ask for stats on crimes in your particular area, start brainstorming a bit and go from there. It's not about confronting suspicious people or putting yourselves in harm's way. It's about being alert, communicating w/each other & knowing what's going on.

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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Rational, that's a great idea. In my area we have a sort of informal one, with neighbors alerting each other if there are suspicious people or cars in the neighborhood.

musical, I love that!

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