Safety and Crime in Bridgeport
Everything you need to know about crime & safety in Bridgeport
-- a list of all police services, how to be part of a block
watch, report suspicious behavior, protect yourself & your
family. Do not rely on the city police web pages: a lot of the
info there is very out-of date. Be sure to click on the
purple links for even more
useful information !
Safety Phone Numbers
Emergencies: police, fire, ambulance and crimes in progress- 911
reporting non-emergencies & suspicious activities -
Reporting Suspicious Activity
the Bridgeport Police’s dispatch number about suspicious
activity at 203-576-7671
to report any kind of suspicious activity.
to learn more about what might be considered
suspicious. Calmly give the dispatcher your name and address.
Explain what you’ve seen. Do not be discouraged if the police do
not respond right away. Bridgeport police are understaffed
in the biggest city in the state. Do not worry about being
embarrassed if your suspicions prove to be unfounded.
Think instead about what could happen if you do not act.
Anonymous When Reporting to the Bridgeport Police
Some people in Bridgeport are concerned about
remaining anonymous when they report to the Bridgeport police.
They are afraid of some retaliation from criminals that live in
their neighborhood. This is often a real fear. In general it
is always best to give your name, address and phone number to
the police. But if you are afraid,
click here to learn the ways that you can remain
anonymous and still be helpful to the police and protect your
Block Watch Programs
Block Watch is
a neighborhood based crime prevention program designed to reduce
crime residential areas. It has been shown that
neighborhoods with an active Block Watch program can reduce
incidents of residential burglary by 64%.
Block watchers report any suspicious
or criminal activity to the police (see above) and report it to
other block watchers. Most programs do not involve any kind of
patrol. Most block watch groups keep you informed of criminal
activity in your area and safety news with email alerts. There
are 20 different block watches in the
city, some just a block or building complex, others cover a
Two of the largest are
run by the
Black Rock Community Council
and the Lake Forrest Association (email
To find out
if there's one where you live, contact Officer Nick
email@example.com. The Bridgeport Police Dept. can help you start one. For more
information on how to start a block watch,
Surveys for Your Home
thing you might want to consider is getting a free home or
business security survey where an officer comes to your location
and looks over the premises to suggest improvements to your
security. It has been proven that this will significantly
decrease your changes of a burglary. To schedule a free home or
business security survey, call Police Officer Nick Ortiz at
203-576-8278 or email him at
Safety Presentations to Community Groups
the Office of Community Services are available to speak on a
variety of topics including crime prevention, drug education and
awareness, and gang resistance. These presentations are adapted
for children, adults and seniors. the programs are excellent.
For more information, please call 576-8278 .
iWatch Bridgeport is a Bridgeport Police Dept phone
application citizens can use to submit crime tips on their cell
phones or PDAs. It can also be accessed online. The free app
allows Android &Apple iPhone users to send police pictures and
video and to text police about suspected criminal activity.
You can remain anonymous. Or you can also still just
call the police dispatcher phone number 203-576-7671 to
report suspicious activity. In addition, you can go to the iWatchBridgeport.com website and submit a tip online.
If your phone has embedded GPS, the app tells police your
location if you hit the “Call 911″ selection.
In the future users
can also use the app to get notifications on their phones or by
email on school closings, road closings, most wanted criminals
and weather alerts. This has not yet been implemented.
Supposedly the Dept’s Nixle program currently serves this
function (see below) Bridgeport’s Reverse 911 will also
call your phone with crime alerts (see below).
For more information and to begin using
Bridgeport also has a program
similar to iWatch called Text-A-Tip (see below).
The REVERSE 911
system is a computer-based program that targets a
geographic area to send out emergency alert telephone
messages. To register your land line or cell phone number for
It is used for many situations such as evacuations, missing
person alerts, natural disaster alerts, crime alerts, sexual
predator notifications, homeland security alerts.
someone in your home has a medical condition or disability, you
can register your land line phone with the Emergency Operations
Management Center, so emergency responders will be aware that
someone living there has such a problem. Filling out this form
will alert the 9-1-1 operator that you or someone else living in
your household has a medical condition or disability and may
need a specific type of emergency help.
Click here to Register.
of Public Safety Offender Registry is an important resource that
families can use to protect their children and those they care
for from individuals with problem sexual behaviors. You can
access information on offenders near your home, school or
business. The Dept of Public Safety has made no determination
that any individual included in the Registry is currently
dangerous. The main purpose of providing this data is to make
the information easily available and accessible, not to warn
about any specific individual.
Here is the link
to the Registry.
Alerts from Bridgeport Police
Police Department free Nixle Community Information Service
allows the police to communicate with residents by text
messages, email and web. It is supposed to provide
up-to-the minute details and action steps about road closures,
burglaries, fires, flooding, tornados, a terrorist
attack, missing persons. Right now it is not at all? To register
You can also subscribe to other locations around the country.
Burglary Prevention Resources
Click here for an excellent
short list of home security tips. The Bridgeport
Police Department has also put together
other good tips
to help you
evaluate your own home security, and offer suggestions on ways
to secure your residence against break-ins.
Bridgeport Block Watchers Facebook Page
A Facebook page
for all residents who are concerned about crime in Bridgeport
especially those who are block watchers. Share information about
crimes in areas of Bridgeport and talk about workable
techniques to decrease crime. Here is the
Police have a TEXT-A-TIP Program for anonymous reporting of a
crime or suspicious activity. Text the word CRIME (27463)
then text 717 and a space. Then text the information you want to
tell the police. You'll receive a tipster alias id # that
identifies your message. The police will be able to text
you back to your id # to ask further questions if necessary, but
all communication is anonymous. This program is similar to iWatchBridgeport, see above. For details on Text-A-Tip,
car theft percentage is higher than the national average, about
1,200 cars are stolen per year in Bridgeport. Taking
precautionary measures can minimize your chances of becoming the
victim of auto theft. such as: Never leave your car running
unattended. Never leave keys in the car. Never leave valuables
in plain view. Roll up windows and lock the car, even if it is
parked in front of your home. Park in high-traffic, well-lighted
areas when possible. Never leave personal ID documents, vehicle
title, or credit cards in vehicle. Install a mechanical device
that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes. Purchase a
vehicle theft tracking/recovery system like LoJack or OnStar.
Free installed smoke alarms are available to all Bridgeport
residents at no charge. Bridgeport leads the nation in the
number of smoke alarms installed in private residences and
has installed 25,000 smoke alarms in Bridgeport homes. These
free smoke alarms have already saved more 300 lives during the
past five years. To get one,
The city’s web
some good information on how
you can prepare for emergencies different hazards such as
floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, chemical and health emergencies,
electrical outages, natural gas safety and fire hazards. They is
also a checklist for putting together your own emergency
preparedness toolkit with critical supplies.
Bridgeport Crime Statistics
Crime Statistics 1991-2011
Crime Charts, Graphs, Projections
City’s Police Department Web Pages
For details on all police
department office locations and information
on the three police divisions with an excellent map,
to make a complaint about rude
police phone dispatchers, poor police response time to your call.
Also how to make a formal
complaint against a police officer -
for detailed instructions.