A neighborhood watch (also called a crime watch or neighborhood crime watch) is a citizens' organization devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood. Neighborhood watch members stay alert to unusual activity and contact the police department to report crime in their neighborhoods.
An alert and cooperative neighborhood is the best defense against crime.
WHY DOES NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH WORK?
Nationally, there is about one officer for every 2,000 citizens. Neighborhood Watch increases police effectiveness by having neighbors report suspicious or criminal activity to the police department. Members of Neighborhood Watch get to know their neighbors, learn how to make their homes and property more secure, watch out for each other and their neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions.
HOW DO I START A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM?
To form a group or join a Neighborhood Watch please contact the Community Services Bureau at 510-981-5808. After your initial meeting, we will send the local beat officer to your regular meetings to provide information about crime conditions in your neighborhood, provide brochures on crime prevention and discuss ways to focus on safety in and around your home. Steps to getting started:
»Contact your neighbors. Determine a good day and time to schedule a neighborhood meeting
»Discuss crime problems in your area
»Explain the value of Neighborhood Watch
»Share that Neighborhood Watch does not always require meetings
»Explain that there are no personal risks involved
»Police Officers can attend your meetings and answer questions about crime in your area. They also often provide information about deterring and preventing crime
A Neighborhood Watch packet can be downloaded here.
A Neighborhood Watch Sign request form can be downloaded here.
Additional resources available to neighborhood watch groups that would like to participate in Earthquake Preparedeness through the Office of Emergency Services (OES) can be found here
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