|Free Vin-Etching events – members join with the Crime Prevention Officer to assist with the vin etching of
vehicles in local parking lots and other public locations. The equipment used for the events was purchased
through grants and other funds made available to 114th Civ-OP, Inc. All members wear identifying shirts,
jackets and ID cards. During these events, members also hand out literature about 114th Civ-OP, Inc., how
to join, and also pass out crime prevention tips from the Crime Prevention office of the Precinct. The events
serve as a forum to make people in the community more aware of safety tips they should practice, learn
about 114th Civ-OP, and achieve a decrease in future car thefts.
Neighborhood Graffiti Clean-Ups – members wear identifying shirts and jackets while participating with
police and residents of the community at graffiti clean-up events run by 114th Civ-OP, Inc. Supplies for these
activities are obtained through funding from grants. During these events, the community learns more about
improving the neighborhood’s quality of life and maintaining it. This results in the criminal element looking to
commit crime in areas that appears less monitored.
Visible foot, bicycle and mobile patrols – members wear identifying shirts, jackets and ID’s while
performing patrols for special community functions such as park concerts, senior citizen events, religious
processions, etc. Magnetic emblems are also displayed on vehicles.
Non-visible mobile patrols – members wear every day attire with their ID’s while performing street patrols.
These patrols focus on recording quality of life problems such as street light outages and potholes in an effort
to achieve the impression that the neighborhood is being watched and taken care of. They do not focus on
looking for crime. If a crime is witnessed, the base station operator is contacted and the authorities are
notified. When the base station operator speaks to the authorities, he/she makes them aware that the non-
visible vehicle is in the area and gives them their plate number, etc. The non-visible vehicle remains at a safe
distance, observing the incident and reporting any new developments to the base station operator. When
the authorities arrive and have control of the situation, the base station operator makes a decision as to
whether the patrol members should approach the officers if eyewitness information is necessary. In some
cases, the officers approached the members because they are already aware of their presence.