THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH
New Vision Christian Fellowship (parking lot at Meade and Park Blvd)
UH end of Vermont Street Bridge
Corner of Delaware and Madison Ave.
When the University Heights Community Association (UHCA) started Coffee with the Cops in the mid-1980s, the crime statistics in UH were high. Residents, together with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), went from neighbor to neighbor to listen and note their concerns. Together, the SDPD and the UHCA closed down some serious drug houses, and, as a result, crime stats plummeted.
We stressed neighbors getting together to form Neighborhood Watch groups. Later, we saw the need to link Neighborhood Watch groups into Zone Watches, which became an email outreach joining blocks and residents together. This unique system, managed by UHCA’s Zone Coordinators, communicates crime stats and other information within their respective zones and throughout the community. Today, NextDoor and other social
media further enhance communication. Recent evidence of the success of these efforts has been the dialogue regarding problems and solutions at The Point.
However, it takes more than UHCA providing events and meetings to make safe and desirable mini-neighborhoods. It takes you to determine the cohesiveness of your block and outreach to your neighbors. This summer consider getting together with your neighbors to throw a block party or organize a lawn movie night. These are simple ways
to bring neighbors together and help spot potential crime.
We also urge you to join UHCA and SDPD for this summer’s “Cookies with the Cops” on Thursday, August 25, at one of three locations listed below. Though we’ll have cookies, why not bring a batch of your favorite cookies to share with your neighbors? At these sites, UHCA will have a prototype of new Neighborhood/Zone Watch signs. Be sure to ask us about ways you can sponsor a sign near your home. You can make a difference.