On the Lookout For Suspicious Activities
In Your Bridgeport Neighborhood
your neighbors and watch out for each other.
Report suspicious activities and crimes to the police
Learn how you can make yourself and your community safer.
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.
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.
TO LOOK FOR
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
The sound of breaking glass or loud explosive sound.
People loitering in
schools, parks, secluded areas or the neighborhood.
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
People making a quick change of vehicles.
Open or broken doors or windows at a closed business or
Anyone forcing entrance or tampering with residence, business,
Juveniles walking or riding bicycles looking into backyards,
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
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
Juveniles going door-to-door looking for extra work or asking
for donations. They may be casing your home for possible
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
REPORT ALL SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY
Call the Bridgeport Police dispatch number about
all suspicious activity at
call 911 for emergencies
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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