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November 5, 2010 > Hayward Neighborhood watch

Hayward Neighborhood watch

By Meenu Gupta

Monthly Hayward neighborhood watch meetings have been focused on combating an increase in residential burglaries this year; 118 this year compared with 78 last year. According to Hayward PD approximately 70% of burglaries are forced entry; 30% gain entry through unlocked doors or windows; 60% are through the back of the residence; 30% through the side and 10% through the front. Approximately 10% of the perpetrators are known by the victim.

"Two 'satellite storefronts' from the main police department are set up to allow the public easier access to their police department. We encourage residents to stop by and discuss neighborhood problems or quality of life issues with us to improve their neighborhoods," said Lieutenant Reid Lindblom, Community Policing - Northern District Commander, Hayward Police Department. Lieutenant Sheryl Boykins is Southern District Office commander.

In July 2009, Hayward PD reorganized police officer staffing throughout the department, to allow for the addition of four police officers to be assigned through the two district offices. Now two officers - Officer Tommie Clayton, Officer Ray Bugarin work in the northern district office and Officer Michael Carpenter and Officer Angela Irizarrry work in the southern district office. "This is a huge addition of services as before this we only had one police Lieutenant and one Crime Prevention Specialist to staff each office," said Lt. Lindblom. "With this new staffing are now able to assign the district officers to work directly with residents that might have quality of life issues."

District officers act as a resource for all patrol officers and the entire police force, helping to conduct problem assessment of neighborhood and crime issues and assembling the right resources to mitigate neighborhood issues. "If we have an unsafe intersection where a lot of accidents occur, a source of community concern, we can assign the officers as a group to spend uninterrupted time for enforcement activities at the intersection to lower the number of accidents," said Lt. Lindblom.

Problem housing situations can also be addressed. "If there is a house on the block whose residents behavior is negatively effecting the whole community, our offices can now respond much faster to respond directly to these complaints," said Lt. Lindblom.

Neighborhood Watch is the first step toward making the community a safer place to live. For more information, please contact: Crime Prevention Specialist North at (510) 293-1043 and Crime Prevention Specialist South at (510) 293-7151.

Northern District Office
1190 B Street (Corner of B and Second Streets)
(510) 293-5004
Northern District Commander (510) 293-7073

Southern District Office
28200 Ruus Road (Located in the Boys and Girls Club facility on Ruus Road near Tennyson Road)
(510) 293-5750
Southern District Commander (510) 293-7296

Call Hayward PD at (510) 293-7000 when you see suspicious activity
Emergency: Call 9-1-1

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