What exactly is Neighborhood Watch? It's a community crime prevention program for Hollin Hall Village residents. Here's background information from Fairfax County about Neighborhood Watch programs and information on Nextdoor about the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) websites. In addition, the FCPD website provides critical updates and other incident reports, such as why a helicopter was flying overhead and what police responded to in your neighborhood.
Our Purpose: To prevent, detect & report crimes. Enforcement action is always left to the Police. Residents are organized to be alert to potential crime in the neighborhood and keep a watchful eye on our neighbors' homes.
Learn more about protecting your home and property! As part of its emergency preparedness guide, Fairfax County encourages residents to complete a home contents inventory list and keep a copy in a safe place outside of your home.
Please keep your exterior house lights on at night and keep doors to your vehicles and your house locked all times. Hollin Hall continues to have items stolen from unlocked vehicles. If you are going to be away, ask a neighbor to pull in your trash cans and pick up your newspapers. Don't hesitate to call the Fairfax County non-emergency number at 703-691-2131 if you observe suspicious activity, vehicles or persons. If you view a crime in progress, call 911. In certain cases you can make a crime report online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/reportcrime/.
We invite you to join Hollin Hall Village Neighborhood Watch. Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org to become an active participant in the neighborhood or for other areas of support.
Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy our fifth annual National Night Out (NNO) at Mount Vernon Park. The event was organized by HHV Neighborhood Watch and the Mount Vernon Park Association (MVPA), which has become a great partnership. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live (from the National Association of Town Watch which introduced NNO in 1984).
We had a great turnout as families enjoyed a picnic dinner and live music; we met our Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Police Officers; crawled through a number of Fairfax County rescue vehicles; the kids ate popsicles; we met new residents; and distributed HHV vehicle decals and Neighborhood Watch information.
Many thanks to Margaret Keagle and Mary Godbout who organized this event along with all the other HHV and MVPA volunteers.
FCPD posts alerts and community news pertinent to Hollin Hall Village at:
Hollin Hall Safety
Stay Safe! Remember to:
- Please lock your vehicles. As far as we know, all vehicles entered, including the one stolen, were unlocked.
- Please report any activity such as this to the police. Many of these incidents go unreported. If the police know what is going on in our area, they will increase their patrols. If they don't know what's happening, they don't know we may need help. Please call the non-emergency number, 703-691-2131, or report it online at: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/reportcrime/. If you view a crime in progress, call 911.
- Keep your porch light on at night and off during the day; keep the doors locked to your vehicle & home; ask a neighbor to pull in trash cans and papers if you are out of town; and don't hesitate to call the non-emergency police number if something doesn't look right to you.
How do these activities make Hollin Hall a safer place to live? All of the above are crimes of opportunity. The more unlocked cars they find, the more they come back to our neighborhood.
Peddlers and Solicitors
Did you know Fairfax County requires peddlers and solicitors be licensed before they solicit door to door? They may solicit only between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m., and may not solicit at a residence which posts a "No Peddlers or Solicitors" sign.
Note: If a resident is supporting his/her neighborhood school, residents should post such a sign when their neighborhood booster club is not actively going door-to-door for their projects. Otherwise, the volunteers will not stop by their home.
A peddler or solicitor must show the license upon request and must leave the premises immediately if asked to leave.
Often solicitors will show customers an ID badge or some other document, claiming that they are licensed by Fairfax County when they are not.
When a solicitor knocks...
• Ask for his or her license.
• If they do not have a valid license, ask them to leave.
• Close and lock your door.
• Immediately call Fairfax County Police (non-emergency) at 703-691-2131 to report the violation.
The Fairfax County Solicitor's License is a laminated card that displays the solicitor's photograph, name, and personal information on the front side. The back side of the license displays the solicitor's business information and thumbprints. It is valid for one year from date of issue.