SoWe Protect

We believe Southwest Lancaster is a safe and peaceful neighborhood through the ongoing collaboration of residents, community organizations, and public safety agencies.

SoWe Will:

  1. Offer Positive Community Engagement for At-Risk Populations.
  2. Improve Police/Community Relations.
  3. Create a Safer Environment that Deters Crime.

Your SoWe Protect Committee Chair: Dick Hecker

Programs & Resources

Front Porch Light Program

The safety committee is working to Light Up the Neighborhood by adding more porch lighting. More outdoor lighting is proven to reduce crime and increase peace of mind of residents. We are offering neighborhood residents (homeowners and tenants) who don’t have a front porch light an opportunity to have one installed for free (a $500 value). Contact Amos Stoltzfus to see if you are eligible for a light – (717) 455-3626.

Bike Ambassadors

In partnership with Lancaster City Alliance, the Bike Ambassadors serve the SoWe Neighborhood seven days and 49 hours a week. Bike Ambassadors provide information about services to neighbors as well as work to correct quality of life issues. Say hi to the Bike Ambassadors as they ride by, they are here to serve you! For more information about the Bike Ambassador program contact, Dave Aichele at Lancaster City Alliance.

Public Safety Cameras

SoWe is working with the Lancaster Safety Coalition to install safety cameras in SoWe. Safety Cameras provide real time centralized monitoring for Lancaster’s neighborhoods. These cameras serve to deter crime and assist in the mobilization of public safety responses.
View a current map of cameras in SoWe.

Private Safety Cameras

You can register your private security camera with the Lancaster Police Department. Registration is anonymous and helps police understand where cameras are if a crime occurs in your area.  Registering your camera not only helps deter crime, but assists the department in its overall crime prevention strategy in you neighborhood.  Register your camera here.

Lancaster City Police

SoWe works with the Lancaster City Police Department to improve police-community relations as well as to improve service to the Southwest. Interested to learn about who your sector officers are? click here

Contact information for Lancaster Police:
Emergencies: 911
Administration: (717) 735-3300
Non-Emergencies: (717) 664-1180
Bureau Offices: 39 W. Chestnut St. Lancaster, PA 17603

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