BPD tips to be a good neighbor

April 21, 2020

Being asked to stay home all day can be tough and that is why we are committed to providing you with some simple things to do around the house each week to keep your family and your home safe. This is the perfect time to check off that ever growing honey do list.

For a look at past week’s tips click on the links below.

Stay-home safety reminders for your property

Watch out for scammers

7 tips to keep your kids safe online

This week, we are sharing suggestions on how to be a good neighbor while maintaining social distancing. We firmly believe that well connected neighbors and neighborhoods lead to stronger and safer communities. Also, when a neighborhood is more familiar with each other, the more likely they are to identify strangers or suspicious activity.

  • Check in with neighbors, especially elderly neighbors, by phone or email to make sure they’re doing okay.
  • Update the phone tree/email list/contact info for  the neighborhood.
  • Look into whether or not your area has a neighborhood watch, and if needed, what it takes to set one up https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/police/neighborhood-watch/
  • Join social media accounts like Nextdoor. See if your neighborhood has a Facebook or Instagram page where people share information about the neighborhood. This is not only a great way to get updates on nearby crime but you can connect with nearby babysitters or lawn care companies.
  • Pay attention to suspicious activity or anything that appears out of place. Immediately report any and all suspicious activity by calling non-emergency dispatch 208-377-6790 or 911 in the event of an emergency.
  • For those neighborhood groups who send out newsletters or flyers, include a phone number or email (perhaps a neighborhood association leader or HOA board member or NWatch Chairman) that an elderly, ill, or disabled person can contact if they need groceries, their dog walked, or other assistance (not 911).
  • Take part in sharing your neighborhood’s cool rock decorating or side walk chalk in celebration of Earth Day. Use the hashtag #EarthDayBoise

While the Governor's Stay-Home order remains in effect, BPD is committed to providing safety tips to help keep your home and your family both physically safe and feeling safe.

Boise Police Officers are also continuing to respond to calls for service and maintaining essential public safety operations. To contact a police officer please call 911 for emergencies.  For  non-emergencies call 208-377-6790 or make a police report online https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/police/report-a-crime/.

In general, officers are seeing compliance with the Governor’s Stay-Home order and we appreciate everyone’s efforts to protect the health and safety of our community.  For additional information on Boise City facilities, services and procedures click here.

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Contact: Boise Police Media Relations


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