Safety & Central Gardens Patrol

There is a lot that goes into making our neighborhood a safe place to live, but the most important factor is looking out for one another. However, we need help keeping an eye on the entire neighborhood 24/7 which is why we have a patrolling guard service. This service is the neighborhood eyes and ears, and their presence is an active deterrent especially to petty crime and vandalism.


This is not a “nice to have '' convenience. This is a crime prevention tool. Taking away opportunities for petty theft makes our neighborhood less of a target for people seeking to commit these types of crimes.


You may ask. ‘Why do we have to pay for a patrolling guard service when we pay taxes to fund the police?” The police department is here to serve and protect but they mostly respond to reported crimes. The police force is just not big enough to patrol every part of the city with enough frequency to be an actual deterrent to crime. So, the guard service we pay for is to help prevent and deter crime in our neighborhood.


Central Gardens Patrol operated by Phelps Security provides 7 days a week, 24-hour guard service. There are additional benefits for those Central Gardens neighbors who choose to subscribe including:

  • Emergency response to your alarm system

  • Vacation checks of your property

  • Mail and newspaper collection when you are away

  • Babysitter checks

  • Random patrols and property checks

  • Yard sign to indicate you are a subscriber

  • Personal escort to your car to your home whenever you ask

  • Package theft deterent


Contact Jennifer Phelps directly by calling (901) 365-9728. Please mention Central Gardens Patrol.

Safety Tips

  • Program 545-COPS (545-2677) into your cell phone.

  • Look up and down alleys every day as you walk, bike or drive by. Immediately report suspicious activity to the police.

  • Don't leave items visible in your car. Stow it, don't show it!

  • When you are in your yard, be sure the entrances to your house are secure.

  • Discourage walk-up workers by never hiring them. Hire folks recommended by your neighbors.

  • Use the porch light and other outdoor lights at night. Lights on motion detectors can help with security and save energy.

  • Don't look like a victim. Keep your head up, be alert, make eye contact, be aware of your surroundings.

  • When feasible, walk with a friend.

  • Close blinds where possible so would-be burglars can't see valuables.

  • Report street lights that are not working properly to MLGW.

  • Mark lawn equipment, bicycles, etc. for identification. Keep serial numbers on file.


Helpful Contacts

Memphis Police Department: (901) 545-COPS (2677)

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