Neighborhood Watch (NW) is a grass roots program organized by concerned residents interested in reducing crime in their communities. Working together with Prince George’s County Police and
Neighborhood Watch organizers, residents learn what steps they can take to better secure their homes
and safeguard their valuables. NW participants also benefit from a communication network to learn
about crimes, vandalism, and suspicious activity reported in their neighborhoods. The program has been
proven to reduce crime and bring communities closer together.
The City of College Park endorses the Neighborhood Watch program as a tool residents can use for
crime prevention. Through an initiative by the City Council, the Neighborhood Watch Steering
Committee has been established. The Steering Committee networks with existing Neighborhood Watch
groups and helps to launch new Watch groups.
Neighborhood Watch groups already exist in several College Park neighborhoods with Coordinators as
follows: Berwyn (Kevin Carter), Calvert Hills (Aaron Springer), Cherry Hill (Mary Cook), College
Park Woods (Rex Powell and Dustyn Kujawa), Lakeland (Fannie Featherstone) and West Hollywood
(Kim Lugo). For further information, you may contact Zari Malsawma, Chair of the College Park
Neighborhood Watch Steering Committee by email LHMalsawma@comcast.net or cellular number 240-475-2435. Information is also available through the City’s Public Services Department at 240-487-3570.
The City of College Park does not have its own municipal police force; Prince George’s County Police
Department (PGPD) is the primary source of police services for City residents. In addition, the City
provides supplemental police services through contracted PGPD officers. The City is located in police
District I, sometimes referred to as “the Hyattsville District.”
The University of Maryland has its own police force, which primarily serves the campus and nearby
property owned or leased by the University. University of Maryland Police also has concurrent
jurisdiction in the Downtown, Old Town, and Lord Calvert Manor sections of the city. Other police
agencies with concurrent jurisdiction in some areas of the City include MNCPPC-Park Police, Metro
Transit Police, and Maryland State Police.
CRIME PREVENTION TIPS
The most frequently reported crimes in College Park are property crime, including: Thefts, Thefts from
Auto, Vandalism, Residential Break-Ins, and Stolen Vehicles. Still, as in any urban area, personal
crimes such as robberies and assaults do occur. The CPNW Steering Committee suggests residents
observe the following safety and crime prevention tips:
- Park your car in a well lit area. Always keep car doors locked and windows shut tight. Do not
leave anything visible in your car that might tempt a thief. Do not leave keys in your car or leave
a running vehicle nattended. Keep windows closed and doors locked while you are refueling
- Use caution when walking alone especially after dark. When possible, walk with another person,
or alter your route to avoid isolated or dark areas. Pedestrians walking home from nearby
Metrorail stations or using the many hiker/biker trails after dark should also exercise caution.
- Use a high quality U-shaped lock, when securing a bicycle. Bicycles are frequent targets of
- Make sure your home appears occupied, day and night. Play a radio or television when you are
gone. Keep several indoor lights on timers, and keep outside lights on all night.
- Be aware of activity on your street; keep an eye on anyone going door-to-door. If the person
tries a door to see if it is locked, looks into a window, or goes into a back or side yard, call the
- Above all, report all crime and suspicious activity to the Prince George’s County Police
Department. Call 9-1-1 for emergencies and crimes in progress, including recurring suspicious
activity, anytime a possible criminal is still in the area. Contact the Prince George’s County
Public Safety Communications Center at 301-352-1200 for non-emergency police services, such
as vandalism discovered after the suspects are gone, etc.
- Keep these important numbers near your telephone or saved in your contacts list.
City of College Park
Law Enforcement Directory
Emergency (Police – Fire – Rescue) 9-1-1
Non - Emergency
|Prince George’s County Police Department via the
Public Safety Communications Center
M-NCPPC Park Police
Maryland State Police
Metro Transit Police
University of Maryland Police
Learn more about Neighborhood Watch from USAonWatch.org
Auto Burglary Prevention Tips
Description of Neighborhood Watch and Suspicious Activity
Home Security Inspection Checklist
Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator Role
Neighborhood Watch Program Block Captain’s Role