Fairfax County Police implemented a new program in February 2015, modeled after Neighborhood Watch, aiming to help keep houses of worship safe and crime-free. Houses of worship are not immune to criminal activity, as seen in the tragic incident in South Carolina last month. While violent crimes are not routine, common crimes that are targeted towards them include larceny, burglary, vandalism and arson.
“Worship Watch” encourages congregants to become more involved in reducing the opportunity for crimes to occur on facility premises. More than 100 people from a wide variety of faith communities attended the first two meetings held last Spring. Many who couldn’t attend requested that additional meetings.
In response to resident requests, Fairfax County Police are hosting another Worship Watch workshop, free of charge, on Saturday, September 19 from 8:30 a.m.-12 noon, at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, 22308.
Attendees will receive crime prevention training, facility security assessments, information on how to receive crime alerts and community information, and other valuable crime prevention tools.
The meeting is OPEN to all, and is aimed towards anyone who is interested in learning how to help keep Fairfax County safe.
RSVP to attend this meeting by contacting MPO Robert Urps by email at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions or more information, contact him at 703-360-8928.