In the beautiful West Hills Community of Knoxville, Tennessee
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Keeping Our Neighborhood Safe
Keeping our neighborhood safe for residents and visitors
has beena Wesley Neighbors objective from the beginning.
As part of Wesley Neighbors' ongoing public safety efforts, the
Association participates in the Knoxville Police Department's
Neighborhood Watch Program. Close working relations with the
Police are maintained. Safety tips are provided to residents
through the newsletter and e-
remarkably low as a result.
Our main safety effort is a productive partnership with the Knoxville Police Department. The KPD
patrols our neighborhood, responds quickly to our calls, and provides expert advice on crime prevention.
Although the Wesley Neighborhood's crime rate is very low compared to other Knoxville neighborhoods, our proximity to major state and interstate highways provides quick getaways for criminals. Burglars, thieves, and other miscreants can do their dirty business and flee the area before police can arrive.
For this and other reasons, we believe prevention is the better approach to neighborhood safety. We routinely provide sound crime-
Here are a few simple ways you can reduce the opportunities for criminals to succeed:
Keep doors and windows locked, even when you are home or working in the yard.
they can be life threatening. Some brazen burglars enter unlocked houses
and garages when people are enjoying their backyards.
Talk through the door. Opening the door to talk to strangers gives
criminals an opportunity to force entry into your house.
Keep outside lights on all night. Night burglars break into houses and vehicles when they cannot be seen. They avoid breaking into houses and cars when they can be seen.
Don't leave outside lights on all day. It tells criminals that your house is empty and available.
Get identification. People with legitimate business, such as officials from utility companies, carry identifications. If they don't show you ID, shut the door on them immediately and call police.
Don't leave valuables in your vehicles, even if locked. Criminals know how to break into vehicles and steal valuables. Keep CD collections, tools, purses, and anything else of value in your home. Never leave these items in plain sight to tempt criminals.
Rely on locked deadbolts instead of locked doorknobs. Locked doorknobs can be jimmied easily. Deadbolts are too much work for most criminals.
Don't let strangers into your home. Door-
There is no need to feel unsafe in your neighborhood. There is a need to take reasonable precautions as a routine practice.
With traffic safety being a long-
A sidewalk that Wesley Neighbors advocated was built through the heart of the Wesley Neighborhood in 2003/2004 to help make it safer for pedestrians. Children walking to school, people walking or jogging for exercise, and neighbors walking their dogs are be able to do so safely on a concrete sidewalk behind a grassy buffer.
A pedestrian crosswalk across Kingston Pike that Wesley Neighbors requested enables residents to cross this busy boulevard safely when using the Knoxville Area Transit buses. Many of our residents use the KAT buses to go to and from work and area shopping. The crosswalk became operational in the spring of 2004.
The Association helps parents and guardians ensure the safety of their children through advice in the newsletter, links to child-
umulation is a sign to criminals that the neighborhood doesn't pay much attention to itself and the safety of its residents. Crime and litter statistics both show a direct relationship between high crime and litter-
Houses and buildings in disrepair present another signal to criminals that nobody in a neighborhood is watching out for one another. High crime areas are characterized by run-
National Night Out
We participate in the National Night Out program sponsored locally by the Knoxville Police Department. We'll post this year's event as soon as details are received from the Knoxville Police Department.