Crime Prevention

House Checks

House Checks are available to citizens who notify the police department that they are going out of town for a specific period of time. Patrol officers will increase patrols around these homes. This is a free service and must be set up in advance by contacting the Police Department at 757-259-5140, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. You may also submit your request by email by using the House Check Request Form (PDF).

The police department cannot guarantee that your home will not be the target of a crime while under our house check program. Other safeguards should also be put into place to help ensure that you home is more secure while you are away. Some examples are listed below:
  • Make sure that all of your doors and windows are locked; use deadbolts
  • Place lights on a timer; vary the times if possible
  • Have mail and newspaper delivery stopped while you are gone
  • Don’t advertise on social media that you are going away or are away from home
  • Don’t leave any spare keys outside of your home 
  • Have a friend or neighbor check on your home and collect any unexpected deliveries
  • Consider installing and utilizing a quality home security system. If you already have a system installed, let the alarm company know that you will be away.

McGruff the Crime Dog®

McGruff the Crime Dog® is a symbol for crime prevention and he helps build relationships between the police and children while encouraging everyone to “take a bite out of crime!”
If you would like to have McGruff make an appearance at an event, please contact us.

Other Resources for Kids

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is a "team" approach to fighting crime in which the James City County Police Department works hand in hand with you and your neighbors to reduce crime in your community.

Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve.

In order to reach this goal, we want you to become better acquainted with your neighbors while our Community Services Officers show you how to protect yourself, your neighbors and your property from crime. Statistics and criminals alike verify that when neighbors organize, the opportunity for crime is drastically reduced.

Business Watch

The Business Watch program provides a method by which the business community and the James City County Police Department can work more closely together to prevent or solve problems in business parks, malls, shopping centers, individual businesses, etc.

The program is predicated on the same concept as the very successful Neighborhood Watch Program where neighbors watch out for neighbors. Business Watch participation enhances involvement with neighboring businesses and offers many benefits to businesses, residents, and the police department.

We also provide instruction on numerous topics to business, homeowner groups, civic groups, etc. in the prevention of robbery, shoplifting, bad checks, burglary, fraud, credit card fraud and employee theft. We also provide instruction or presentations on home safety/security, business security and personal safety.

Home & Business Security Surveys

The James City County Police Department will conduct a free on scene security survey of your home or business. We will also provide suggestions and information on how to keep your home or business safe.

Lighting Surveys

Lighting Surveys can be performed upon request for local businesses or residents. The proper use of lighting is one of the most important aspects in dealing with public safety and crime prevention.