Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention

Protecting ourselves and our property is a community effort, which is the reason we have the Neighborhood Watch. The Neighborhood Watch revolves around the motto: If you see something, say something. Considering the volume of service calls every day, the police simply can’t be everywhere at once, so they depend on the help of residents to keep them informed of what is happening. Our vigilance helps them keep our neighborhood safe.

There are many ways you can help:

Report ALL incidents to the police:

If an incident is not reported, the police do not know about it and resources will be allocated elsewhere. We have several reporting options:
In Person: Call the Norfolk Non-Emergency number (757-441-5610) and an officer will come out to take the report.
Online: Visit https://www.norfolk.gov/index.aspx?NID=3089
Phone: Call 1-844-801-2190 to access CopLogic Online Citizen’s Reporting Tool on your phone.

Report any suspicious activity to the police:

If you see a crime in progress, call 911. To report suspicious activity, call the Norfolk Police Non-Emergency number at 757-441-5610.

Virtual Neighborhood Watch:

If you have surveillance cameras around your property, you can use those cameras to help the Norfolk Police Department fight crime! Register your cameras with NPD at https://www.norfolk.gov/MyAccount/?from=Url&url=%2FFormCenter%2FPolice-6%2FVirtual-Neighborhood-Watch-Registration–419. If a crime occurs nearby, police will know to ask registered residents to check for video that may help in apprehending a suspect.

Request a free Security Survey from NPD’s Crime Prevention Section:

The purpose of the survey is to determine existing design, electronic, and environmental weaknesses and to recommend such devices, procedures, and/or methods of application that will reduce or eliminate exposure to criminal opportunity. It’s free, and a good way to make sure you are up-to-date with home security.

Call 757-664-6901

Report any inoperable streetlights to Norfolk Cares:

Criminals hate lighted areas that allow residents to see what they’re up to. Report any outages or defective street lights with the location and tag number (found on the light pole) using mynorfolk.org or by calling 757-664-6510.

Additional resources and sources of information include:

Share information quickly on:

Nextdoor – a neighborhood system you can join to find neighbors, get recommendations for tradespeople, and share crime prevention tips and information.

Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League’s Facebook page – a Facebook page created and maintained by the Civic League exclusively for residents and property owners in Colonial Place and Riverview.


Contact Our Community Resource Officer:

Officer Bryan Johnson is our direct line to the Norfolk Police Department. He works to help us resolve issues specific to our neighborhood. Reach him by phone at 757-710-2778 or email at bryan.johnson@norfolk.gov.


Contact Laura Burns, Crime Prevention Committee Chair

As the chairperson of the Colonial Place/Riverview Civic League’s Crime Prevention Committee, I work directly with Officer Johnson to ensure that our concerns are being heard and addressed. Neighbors can provide information or share concerns which I will pass along to Officer Johnson and will follow up as needed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at 804-690-5047 or at crime_prevention@cprv.net.

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