LCSW: Exercise Caution When Witnessing Suspicious Activity

lcsw car logo tlsLCSW is asking the public to be more cautious when witnessing suspicous activity, following an incident today. Earlier today, the LCSW received a call from a resident who had reportedly witnessed four teens spraying graffiti in the Hearthstone neighborhood. Against the advice of the LCSW dispatcher, says LCSW, the caller started chasing the teens on foot. The teens then fled in all different directions.

LCSW immediately notified police and then sent members out to the area, but by the time police and LCSW arrived, the teens were gone.

“Should you see a crime take place, never chase or confront the individuals, but simply keep a discreet visual on the suspicous party”, says LCSW. “Also, try memorizing clothing description, license plate number or any other identifying information, which will assist police in tracking down the suspect”.

As always, should you witness any suspicous activity, call police at 732-363-0200 and LCSW at 732 367 1212.

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  1. I would appreciate if you would state the facts as they happened. I called LCSW AFTER beginning to give chase on foot. I wasn’t given much choice since I had to drive around the block to be sure they were up to no good. At that poiñt they began running. Admittedly,I took a risk but don’t change the facts around.

  2. Confronting criminals is dangerous. Best to just call it in and let the police handle it. If you come home to a house whose door has been opened, call police and wait for them to clear the house before entering. You don’t want to confront a burglar.

  3. #1, why didn’t you call the police first ? Perhaps if they were called in an appropriate amount of time they would have been caught. Next time LPD first, then LCSW

  4. I appreciate all that LCSW has done for Lakewood over the years but if you see a crime being done CALL THE POLICE – then call LCSW if you must. LCSW cannot make arrests or take the proper action against criminals.

  5. The story contradicts mine when it implies that the dispatcher advised me not to give chase. I began chasing them BEFORE calling. As to what I would have done to them; I would’ve help them for PD. Would you ask the question if it was your fence that keeps getting graffiti on it? Think about your neighbors once in awhile!

  6. Let me ask something if LCSW witnessed a Crime being committed in or on a (non-jewish) property would they get involved and I’m assuming they patrol (non-jewish) communities because I don’t they patrol pine acres or Brentwood Apartments

  7. To#1 you did your job by calling the lcsw they are trained and have procedures for such instances nothing bad about you but outsiders just get in the way

  8. The story doesn’t say you weren’t chasing them before or that they advised you not to give chase before you started chasing. All it says is that they advised you not to give chase. Doesn’t matter if it was before, during or after.

  9. LCSW members are trained to OBSERVE! They aren’t trained in apprehending a perpetrator or stopping a crime. They are simply a pair of eyes. If a crime is being committed please just call the police! Keep LCSW on the look out.

  10. if their job is to observe, why do they have to have a car painted with official looking banners, when they would be more inconspicuous in an unmarked car, after all the goal is supposed to be for the POLICE to apprehend criminals and not for this chevra to be a vigalanti group. Don’t get me wrong, they do a great job I’m sure, but they need to keep a low profile so the criminals will get it in their head that everyone is potentially watching them. If their job is to aid police in crime prevention I do not see how traffic control at town events helps that.

  11. yea if ever you should see a crime happening, never ever run after the person or more than one. number one: if that person has a weapon, that means you’re putting yourself in danger. number two: you don’t know who this person is what he is capable of doing. he could be the greatest kung fu fighter for all you know and knock you down dead.
    when you see a crime happening, get out of that specific area immediately and call 911. the first thing you should always do is to get out of the area for your own safety and then after that can you report what’s happening. but never ever take it upon yourself to save the day just because you think you can. crime is a job for professionals.

  12. to #5 – I assume you meant to type burglar, because any dog would go for a burger, any day. But, I don’t get the one foot. Was the burglar hopping out on one foot or were the dogs hopping after him on one foot? Please enlighten me.

  13. That car is never really used on patrols or stakeouts. It’s just LCSW’s official vehicle. At times its used for visibilty, like at events. As far as the events go.. You are absolutely correct, there is 1 reason and only 1 reason we do it, and that is for $ (donations). Being that unfortunately we don’t get a lot of donations, we need to find ways to cover our annual budget and equip new members.

  14. to #20. Thank you for a very respectful and respectable answer to my concerns. Today I learned something new, and support you guys all the way. 🙂

  15. Im very sorry you are wrong if you were having a parlor meeting in your house and needed help with traffic they will see if they members to help you out thats their job. These events take hours its hard for people to leave their families so a incentive always helps they dont need it but they can use it

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