Staff contact: Cathy Surges-Moscato , Crime Prevention Commission Aide, (925) 283-3680
The Neighborhood Watch, Community Action and Problem-Solving Program is one of the most effective means available for resolving issues within your community. Through organized problem-solving activities, your block can remove crime from your neighborhood and address any community issues that concerns residents.
The Neighborhood Watch program relies on the best tool ever invented-a good neighbor. Fortunately, good neighbors are found everywhere. Neighborhood Watch is not guard duty. It's focusing on community issues, forming community action groups, getting to know your neighbors and finding resolutions to neighborhood problems. Some resolutions entail being aware of suspicious activity and knowing what to do about it, and effectively securing your property and developing a neighborhood communication network.
Neighborhood Watch is a police/community partnership and an educational process by which neighbors can learn to resolve neighborhood issues.
- Neighbors getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance.
- Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods.
- Implementation of crime prevention techniques such as home security, operation identification, etc...
You may hear it called NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, Home Alert, Citizen Crime Watch or Block Watch. The idea is the same Neighbors looking out for each other.
HOW DO I START A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH?
It's easy, select the area to be covered by your Neighborhood Watch block. A block consists of 12-20 homes that surround you. Personally contact and talk with as many block participants as possible. Share the above information about Neighborhood Watch Program and ask neighbors to participate. Meetings are scheduled on Tuesday evenings at 7:00PM. Police personnel are able to conduct approximately two meetings per month, so a waiting period occurs occasionally.
Select a desired date and contact the Crime Prevention Commission Aide during business hours 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday to schedule a meeting (see top of page for contact info). A minimum of three weeks advanced notice is needed.