FROM: Sgt. Joe Evans
UPDATED 8/16 6:02 p.m.
Wow I guess there is a new Neighborhood Watch Program in town. The neighbors on Bald street have banded together and are in the process of taking control of their neighborhood.
This morning at 9 am, I sent out an alert about a prowler causing problems in the area of Bald street in the City of Ojai. Well within 6 hours the neighbors identified the suspect, found a victim wanting to prosecute and called the police. Deputies arrived and with cooperation of the neighborhood the suspect was arrested and given a court date. This same suspect was recently arrested for indecent exposure, again with the help of some very alert neighbors.
This neighborhood has taken to heart our motto of ” lets catch a crook”. This is a great example of what a neighborhood can do when they work hand and hand with their deputies.
Keep up the good work and keep those crooks coming.
Good morning Watchers
Our friends living in the area of Bald Street in Ojai, are having problems with prowler. There is a man going into the neighborhood backyards early in the mornings. These crimes seem to be happening between midnight and 7 am. If you live in this area and see or hear someone in your yard, please call the police.
When your deputies respond to these types of calls, they respond quicky and normally with two or more cars. This is because they want to get a perimeter around this guy in order to catch him before he leaves the area or returns to his own home.
When your deputies catch this man, we need you to request prosecution for his actions. This is a misdemeanor crime and your request for prosecution is needed.
If you are passing through this area and see any suspicious people walking in the late night and early morning hours, please call us. The more chances we have to contact this person, the more he will want to stay out of the area or at least in his own yard.
If you live in this area you can count on seeing an increase in police patrols. We are also going to increase the amount of probation searches we do in this neighborhood.
Having a prowler in your neighborhood is a bad thing. We all share in the comfort of knowing our families are home at night in a safe environment. When a prowler enters our yard, he violates our families security. As a community we need to let them know this is not going to be tolerated. Having said that, please watch out for your neighbors. If you see something that just does not look right, call us.
We are a very active community and together we will solve this problem.
Thanks for you time and please keep up the good work. Your friend and neighbor, Joe