Orlando Police Department Dog Walker Watch

A resident walking their dog in the City of Orlando.

As you walk your dog around your neighborhood, you become an honorary member of Dog Walker Watch.

As a member of Dog Walker Watch, one of your most important duties is to report suspicious activity. But what is suspicious activity? There are many people, things and situations that might be considered suspicious.

When a person's conduct or action does not fit the norm of your neighborhood, follow your intuition. You know your neighborhood better than anyone and can be the extra set of eyes and ears for OPD.

If you think or feel that something is wrong or suspicious, it probably is. Call 9-1-1. You should consider the following activities of persons as suspicious:

  • A person or vehicle that stays in the same place for an unusual length of time.
  • A vehicle drives around the block frequently, slowing down, speeding up, etc.
  • A person looks into cars, moving from car to car and/or tries door handles.
  • A car leaves or arrives from a certain location, without lights at night.
  • A person sells or conducts business out of his car, van, truck or other vehicle.
  • Continuous repair operations at a nonbusiness location.
  • Unusual noises, such as gunshots, screaming, or dogs barking continuously.
  • A person exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms.
  • Sound of breaking glass.
  • Going door to door in a residential area, especially if one or more goes to rear of residence. 
  • A person runs at night for no apparent reason transporting an unusual or valuable object during the night.
  • Forcing entrance or entering an unoccupied house.
  • Heavy traffic to and from a residence if it occurs on a daily basis.
  • Loitering around schools, parks or secluded areas.
  • Offering items for sale at a very low price.
  • Loitering or driving through a neighborhood several times or appearing as a delivery person with a wrong address.

Do not approach, follow or make any contact with suspicious persons or vehicles. 

For the best report, write down the tag number, color and make of the car and direction of travel. Also write down a brief description of the suspicious person:

  • race
  • hair color
  • height
  • build, etc.

When in doubt, call 911. Let OPD investigate. If you don't call within two minutes of seeing suspicious activity, the chances are the suspect will get away.


Community members serve as the "eyes and ears" of law enforcement. They should report their observations of suspicious activities to law enforcement; however, citizens should never try to take action on those observations. Trained law enforcement should be the only ones ever to take action based on observations of suspicious activities.