OAK GLEN FARM WATCH PLANNING
Assessing Needs, Goals and Participants
♦ Hand out meeting agenda, background information and program forms.
♦ Discuss the needs/benefits for a Farm Watch program.
♦ Identify rural crime trends/problems.
♦ Introduce law enforcement. Discuss coordination efforts and activities with his/her agency.
Ask them to provide reports on area crime trends, resource materials and training to residents
to assess security, strengths and weaknesses of operations and residences.
♦ Select a committee, “Farm Watch” coordinator and block area captains (see guidelines below).
Program Roles and Responsibilities
Coordinator’s Responsibilities: William (Bill) Foster 909-797-0253
- Serves as a liaison between law enforcement and rural area.
- Arranges and supervises crime prevention programs. Plans meetings and activities.
- Facilitates development of crime prevention projects and materials.
- Maintains a master list of Farm Watch members.
- Develop Web Site, Facebook page and Newsletter
Block/Area Captains’ Responsibilities: (To Be Assigned, If interest Call Devon Riley at 909-797-1005)
- Serves as a liaison between residents and coordinator. Assists coordinator in all programs.
- Recruits new “Farm Watch” members, striving for 100% participation.
- Makes maps of area of each participant’s property/residence.
- Notifies residents of meetings and training sessions.
- Designates work assignments (Secretarial, Patrol, vacation farm/ranch checks, Fund-raising).
BLOCK / AREA CAPTAINS
- East Side (Rileys Farm to School House) Dennis Riley
- Los Rios/Willdlands/Pine Bench Devon Riley
- Snow- Line & Residences Scott Hudson
- Oak Tree Village & RV Park TBD
- Laws & Parrish Ranch Kent Law
- Potato Canyon and West Oak Glen Rd (TBD)
Committee Participants’ Responsibilities: (To Be Assigned, If interest Call Devon Riley at 909-797-1005)
- Get acquainted with your neighbors, their vehicles and property by sight.
- Maintain your area map with names, address, and telephone numbers in an accessible location.
- Regularly attend farm watch meetings. They are for your benefit!
- Make your home and property as burglar resistant as possible.
- Mark all of your property for identification by using “O.A.N.” system. Be observant. Report suspicious activities to neighbors or law enforcement when appropriate.
- Report license numbers and description of suspicious looking persons or vehicles in the area.
- Educate your children in crime prevention and instill respect for the law.
- Do not try to make arrests. Be a good witness. Notify law enforcement first.
Farm Watch Activities and Tools Patrols
- Should be organized only after discussions with law enforcement.
- Will more than likely be accomplished by motor vehicle.
- Magnetic car signs are available for designating vehicle patrol.
- Use two-way radios or cell phones to report suspicious activity.
- Should only observe and report and take no direct action.
- Each participant should be assigned specific neighbors to contact with general information
about suspicious circumstances or emergencies.
- Each resident should provide the block/area captain with information about his or her
household/property to help make the system effective.
Farm Watch Warning Signs
- Use to warn potential thieves and advise law enforcement.
- 12” x 13” plastic/metal sign are most effective and should be used throughout the property.
Signs should be mounted on pressure treated 4 x 4 lumber, 12’ long. Set 4 feet in the ground.
Deface the bolts to make them more difficult to remove.
Farm Watch Window Warning Decal
- Place on doors and windows of residence to warn would-be thieves.
- Can be used to identify vehicles or equipment belonging to the particular farm/ranch.
Neighborhood/Farm Area Map
- Use as a guide to report area information to law enforcement, fire, rescue or other emergency
- Informs residents who their neighbors are.
Suspicious Activity Report
- Provides residents with a uniform guide to record needed information.
- Can be directly passed on law enforcement personnel for use investigation