Lakeview Police Department
Administration Office Hours
Admin Number: 281-326-1098
Dispatch Number: 281-326-5900 (Open 24/7)
Fax Number: 281-326-1878
Emergencies Dial 911
In smaller towns, community involvement is typically linked to the crime rate. Community Oriented Policing was created over three decades ago as a strategy of policing, and while more recent methods such as; predictive policing, problem solving policing, and hot spot policing, have been more effective at reducing crime rates, Community Oriented Policing remains as a strategy of policing best suited for small towns. In Community Oriented Policing law enforcement officers form a bond with the community to establish a safer community that reduces the crime rate. When law enforcement forms a good bond with the community, citizens report suspicious activities and aid the department in crime fighting and the result is a community that criminals avoid thus lowering the crime rate. In an effort to build that bond the Lakeview Police Department has various tips and suggestions to aid the citizens of the community in lowering their chances of becoming a victim of a crime.
Crime safety starts with the individual and it starts with situational awareness. Knowing what is going on around you and paying attention to your surroundings is a large part of deterrence. When a person pays attention to the things going on around them they take corrective actions that can lessen the chance that they are targeted by a criminal. Some crimes are crimes of opportunity, that means that there was an opportunity for a would-be criminal to commit the crime so they did. Had the opportunity not existed then the would-be criminal wouldn’t have even bothered, this is where situational awareness can play a part. If a person notices that the parking lot is crowded they might keep their purse closer or remove it from the cart before the groceries. If a person notices that a car might be following them, then they don’t go home or circle the block a second time. These are just some simple examples of how paying attention to your surroundings might change the outcome of a persons day.
Your typical criminal by nature is lazy, they want the easy score. Being a criminal to them, is easier than getting a job and following the rules. If you remove the opportunity for them to commit a crime, or you make it harder to commit that crime, they may go elsewhere. If you have any questions about specific security issues, feel free to come by the Lakeview Police Department or have a Lakeview Police Officer come by your home or business to discuss your concerns.