The Fairfax County Police Department is launching a program aimed at preventing crime at houses of worship by encouraging congregants to be more vigilant.
Worship Watch is modeled after Neighborhood Watch, a crime-prevention program that encourages residents to be observant of their surroundings and report suspicious activity.
Workshop attendees will learn about crime prevention, facility security assessments, evacuation plans, and how to receive crime alerts and community information. If you’re interested in attending, RSVP to Reston Crime Prevention Officer Katy Defoe at Katy.Defoe@Fairfaxcounty.gov.
Worship Watch has proven effective in Prince William County, she said, “so we’re integrating it into our repertoire,” Defoe says. Houses of worship are not immune to criminal activity, and have been subject to larceny, burglary, vandalism, and arson – although she says there hasn’t been a recent increase in these crimes.