Residents Preparing to Fight Crime with Neighborhood Watch

A month after the High Desert Association of Realtors (HDAOR), launched its initiative to promote creation of Neighborhood Watch groups, residents are coming forward to participate.

Fifteen participants attended two training sessions in March, led by Sheriff’s Services Specialist Pam Hoffman. The training provided information to prepare Block Captains to organize their neighborhoods.

“I came because although I believe we have a close knit neighborhood, Neighborhood Watch is needed in our area,” said Jessica Carrillo from Hesperia. “Not only did I have quads stolen from my driveway but there were three burglaries in a three-month period and we need to look out for one another,” she added. Carrillo is planning a block picnic at her home to share with her neighbors what she’s learned at the training.

Coincidentally the day before the training, deputies from the Hesperia Station responded to a reported residential burglary in progress after an observant citizen reported suspicious subjects entering a residence. The citizen provided detailed information about the suspects, including their vehicle and continued to provide updates as deputies were responding.

Three suspects were later booked at the High Desert Detention Center for Residential Burglary, Conspiracy to commit Burglary and Resisting Arrest, and it is believed these suspects were involved in other similar cases and the investigation is ongoing.

Neighborhood Watch is an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood. Otwell stated that realtors in offices throughout the High Desert are providing information and resources on how start and maintain a Neighborhood Watch group. “We’ll continue to provide the training the last Wednesday of each month at 3 and 6 p.m. to bring people together to find out how Neighborhood Watch works and how to get involved,” said Becky Otwell, HDAOR President.

To find out which realtor can help to organize a Neighborhood Watch in your area, contact the High Desert Association of Realtors at (760) 244-8841.

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