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Boise Police shares tips on how to be a good neighbor while social distancing

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Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 15:20:52-04

BOISE, Idaho — Boise Police are sharing suggestions on how to be a good neighbor while maintaining social distancing. The department believes connected neighbors leads to stronger and safe communities, as well as being able to identify strangers or suspicious activity.

People are encouraged to check in with neighbors, especially elderly neighbors, by phone or email to make sure they are okay. Make sure the phone tree, email list or contact information for the neighborhood is updated to help with this.

Boise Police recommends looking into whether your area has a neighborhood watch, and if needed know what it takes to set one up. You can join social media platforms like Nextdoor and see if your neighborhood has a Facebook or Instagram page. This is a great way to get updates on nearby crime but also a way to connect with babysitters or lawncare companies.

People should pay attention to suspicious activity and report any and all activity to non-emergency dispatch at 208-377-6790 or 911 if there is an emergency. If there are neighborhood groups that send out newsletters or flyers, include a phone number or email that an elderly, ill or disabled person can contact if they need groceries or their dog walked.

Take part in sharing your neighborhood’s cool rock decorating or side walk chalk in celebration of Earth Day and use #EarthDayBoise. While the Governor's Stay-Home order remains in effect, BPD is committed to providing safety tips to help keep your home and your family both physically safe and feeling safe.

Boise Police Officers are also continuing to respond to calls for service and maintaining essential public safety operations. To contact a police officer please call 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies call 208-377-6790 or make a police report online https://www.cityofboise.org/departments/police/report-a-crime/.

In general, officers are seeing compliance with the Governor’s Stay-Home order and they appreciate everyone’s efforts to protect the health and safety of our community. For additional information on Boise City facilities, services and procedures, click here.