The Shomrim: Helping Keep Everyone Safe

For more than 40 years, Crown Heights Shomrim (Hebrew for guards) have been combating crime on the streets of Crown Heights.

The Shomrim are licensed organizations of volunteer Jewish civilian patrols which have been set up in hassidic and hareidi-religious neighborhoods in the United States and England to combat burglary, vandalism, mugging, assault, domestic violence, and anti-Semitic attacks. They also help locate missing people. Shomrim groups are trained by local police departments.

Mendy Hershkop from Crown Heights Shomrim said, “We help people in many different ways – if they need a boost or they are locked out of their car, crime prevention, suspicious people, possible break-ins – anything big or small, we’re here.”


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