Things to watch out for in your neighborhood:


  • A person running from a car.
  • A person screaming. If you can’t explain the screams, call law enforcement and report them.
  • A person going door to door in the neighborhood.
  • A person looking into windows and parked cars.
  • A person asking about past residents.
  • A person loitering or wandering through your neighborhood.
  • Unusual or suspicious noises that you cannot explain, such as breaking glass or pounding.
  • Vehicles moving slowly without lights or any apparent destination.
  • Business transactions conducted from a vehicle. This could involve the sales of drugs or stolen goods.
  • Offers of merchandise available for low prices. The merchandise may be stolen.
  • A person removing property from a closed business or unoccupied home.
  • A stranger entering a neighbor home when it appears unoccupied.
  • A child resisting the advances of an adult.
  • A vehicle or house alarm.



Law enforcement needs quick, accurate information about crimes in progress and/or suspicious activity. It is also important to know how and when to use the emergency 9-1-1 system, and when it is more appropriate to use a non-emergency phone line.

Examples of when to use 9-1-1 include:


  • A house on fire.
  • Firearm shots heard.
  • A burglary is in progress.
  • A person with a gun is seen.
  • There has been a major accident with serious injuries.
  • A person is having a heart attack.

Examples of when to use the non-emergency phone line include:

  • A car was stolen last night.
  • Your home was broken into while you were at work
  • A traffic light is broken.
  • There has been a minor traffic accident with no injuries.
  • A dog is barking causing a disturbance.



When reporting a crime or suspicious activity, here's how you can help:


  • Give law enforcement your name.
  • Describe the event briefly and state concisely what, where, when and how it happened and who did it if you know.
  • State if the crime is in progress or if it has already occurred.
  • Describe the suspects sex, race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothing, accent, beard or mustache, and distinctive characteristics.
  • If a vehicle is involved, describe its color, make, model, year, license plate, special markings, dents, and the direction it went.




  • Simple Tips to Secure Your Home:
  • Lock all gates to side and backyards.
  • Keep bushes and trees neatly landscaped.
  • Use good door locks with deadbolts.
  • Install a peephole.
  • Secure sliding doors with broomstick or lock devices.
  • Secure windows with metal lock devices. Keep your property well lit.
  • Secure your garage door, don't leave it open during day.
  • Tell your neighbors when leaving on vacation. Also, if notified, the Mammoth Lakes Police Officers can conduct routine checks on your residence while you are away.




  • A decline in crime is not a reason to disband your Neighborhood Watch group. The following activities sponsored by your group can improve your community's safety and well-being.
  • Be observant and alert police about crime and suspicious activities on your streets or around apartment complexes.
  • Create a phone number resources list for your group which can be used for emergencies, victim services, lighting, street repair, mediation services, youth activities etc.
  • Work with local building code officials to require adequate locks and other security devices in new homes and buildings.
  • Publish a local news letter that provides crime news, crime prevention tips, and recognizes the accomplishments of Neighborhood Watch members.
  • Have regular meetings that educate members about elderly neighbors, drug abuse, crime in schools, after-school programs, child safety, etc.



How to contact the Mammoth Lakes Police Department:

Emergency 9-1-1

Non-Emergency (760) 965-3700