The Los Angeles County Police are holding Eagle Eye Park Watch meetings at local parks in connection with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The meetings began in August and will continue through September and October.
Meetings have been held at Manzanita and Steinmetz parks in Hacienda Heights, as well as in Rowland Heights and Pathfinder parks. Another meeting will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday in Rowland Heights Park.
Much like a traditional Neighborhood Watch program, Eagle Eye asks residents to assume responsibility for the activities taking place in and around their park in order to help prevent crime and vandalism to park equipment. They also help curtail suspicious activities in parks.
The Eagle Eye Neighborhood Park Watch Program was created by the Illinois Association of Park Districts. To date, 38 agencies in 12 states are members of the Eagle Eye family.
Agencies participating in the program have seen: lower crime, vandalism, and misuse of park properties, a reduction in the repair and restoration costs for equipment and facilities and a rise in community pride
The City of Glendale, Arizona has documented over $80,000 in savings over a two year period. This included:
31% decrease in vandalism at parks and recreation facilities
38% decrease in man hours for fixing vandalized property
40% decrease in the total cost of fixing vandalized equipment