Safe and Clean Campaign
The "Safe and Clean" campaign is a targeted effort to strengthen relationships between city government and the community and to improve the health, safety and quality of life in Hampton. City workers from all departments -- from police to codes to public works crews -- are getting to know people in the neighborhoods and helping to look out for suspicious activity.
The first step was Increased police patrols using a mobile neighborhood command center and a door-to-door, face-to-face discussion with as many people as possible. While crime is the main concern, studies have validated the "broken window theory, " which holds that small declines in a home or neighborhood's appearance spread and lead to bigger declines in community standards.
In response to concerns about youth violence and pockets of neighborhood blight, Hampton City Council enacted several measures:
- An earlier curfew (PDF) for young people ( read changes (PDF) in
ordinanceapproved by City Council on 5/27/2015)
- A rental inspection program for targeted neighborhoods.
- Limits on the length of time people can stay in a hotel that's not set up as a true extended-stay facility.
Help by being alert and reporting problems
We need your eyes and ears to let us know what is going on in your neighborhood. To report a problem or ask a question:
- Call the police for suspicious or illegal activity at 727-6111. In an emergency or if you need immediate assistance, call 911.
- For codes, blight or neighborhood support contact the Customer Call Center at 311 or call 727-8311 from your cell phone.
For more information
- July 8, 2015, update to City Council (PDF)
- Mar. 12, 2014, update to City Council (PDF)
- Oct. 23, 2013, update to City Council (PDF)
- Read the commentary by Mayor George Wallace and Vice Mayor Linda Curtis
- June 3 news release: Capacity Crowd Offers Ideas on Youth Violence
- Citizens' comments from the June 1 meeting
- May 28 news release: Hampton's Call to Action Against Youth Violence