Dozens of dogs and their human families turned out at the Modesto Dog Park on Tuesday evening to learn how to turn their daily walks into steps against crime. The Modesto Police Department hosted the Dog Walker Watch gathering, at which residents were reminded what an asset their familiarity with their neighborhoods is. People learn the faces and vehicles of their neighbors, said Capt. Rick Armendariz. They recognize suspicious things like a car that’s unfamiliar or activity at a home when there usually is no one there. When people don’t have their eyes glued to their smartphones, or earbuds in both ears playing music, they are a valuable resource in crime prevention, he said. A neighborhood watch member shared that when out for a walk with his dog, he saw an unfamiliar person exit the side gate of a home, wearing a backpack. He called police, who found the unfamiliar man and discovered the backpack contained a laptop and other stolen items. To learn more about Dog Walker Watch, visit natw.org/dog or call the Modesto Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (209) 572-9636 or (209) 572-9639.