PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH
How Neighborhood Watch Works
This program depends on citizen involvement to prevent and discourage crime, and reduce fear by taking certain home, property, and personal self-protection precautions, really getting to know and look out for neighbors, and reporting crimes and suspicious activities to the police. Getting Started
Visit your block neighbors with this page or have a get-together to promote it, stimulate interest and enlist helpers, and gather program support from them. Call the phone number below for police information and assistance on your questions. Once you have the active support from at least 3 members of your block, just designate a Block Captain and Co-Captain to serve as block coordinators and liaisons with the police for information and educational literature. Establish a means to keep all your residents informed of these communications i.e. a phone tree.
Costs are minimal…investment of some time to get started, subsequent participation by neighbors at get-togethers, and street signs (usually two per block at $30 each). The City erects signs on standing poles.
Benefits are many… beyond preventing crime and reducing fear, Neighborhood Watch builds pride, forges bonds among block residents, improves citizen-police relations, and can address other block issues and concerns like child safety, youth development, senior citizen welfare, and quality-of-life. Participants receive an excellent, on-going education from police on many topics including:
Basic crime prevention measures to safeguard you, your home, and valuables, direct telephone contacts to police agencies, FAX Force weekly alerts, being vigilant, cooperative surveillance, and recognizing suspicious activity, how to handle city ordinance “nuisance” violations “Code Watch” patrol checks on temporarily vacated homes, how to deal with suspected drug activity, experts to speak, instruct, or train at your block get-togethers, how to get graffiti cleaned up, and many more topics.