Foundation funds Mobile Crime Watch signsThe Seminole Heights Foundation received a request to fund Mobile Crime Watch signs that are required to be displayed on vehicles participating in Mobile Crime Watch. The Foundation solicited funds for this request from the community and immediately received sufficient funds to cover the cost of 24 magnetic signs. Participants in Mobile Crime Watch use their own vehicles to patrol the commercial corridors and neighborhood streets of Seminole Heights disrupting and reporting on problematic activities. The Mobile Crime Patrols were initiated in early 2000 when residents became frustrated with Tampa Police Department’s efforts in dealing with the prostitution and drug problems plaguing Nebraska Ave. These Mobile Crime Patrols have played a significant role in the declining crime rate throughout Seminole Heights. Today Seminole Heights enjoys a positive and active partnership with the Tampa Police Department.
TPD has developed polices and procedures to ensure the safety of the Mobile Crime Patrol members. The signs being purchased are replacing ones currently in use that have reached the end of their usefulness. The signs are adhered to the vehicles with a magnetic backing that has weakened over time. The Mobile Crime Patrol now recommends that each vehicle display 3 signs, one on each side and one on the rear of the vehicle, to ensure they are fully identifiable.