Block Watch is a program based on the principle that neighbors working together are the first and best line of defense against crime.
Block Watch organizes and extends what you are probably already doing on an informal basis. We tend to know and watch out for our closest neighbors, but a group of neighbors at one end of the block who are doing this may not know the group of neighbors at the other end of the block. Organizing a Block Watch makes this attitude of watchfulness more systematic, and provides a block map or contact list with neighbors' names, telephone numbers and emails that can be used in case of an emergency.
The program usually requires two commitments:
- A commitment to be concerned about your neighbor's property and well-being as well as your own.
- A commitment to report suspicious activity and take action by alerting your neighbors and calling 9-1-1.
How Do I Get a Block Watch Started?
- Contact your Crime Prevention Coordinator (CPC) - for potential dates and times.Your CPC is related to your local police precinct.
- Decide on location - The meet does not have to be at your home or even a neighbors. It could also be a local library, community center, school or church.
- Invite your neighbors to come - The number of household and the size of the area to include are up to you. It helps to invite people in person.
What will happen at the first meeting?
At the initial meeting, we'll discuss:
- Area crime
- Crime trends
- Prevention measures
- Proactive things that neighbors can do to positively impact public safety.
The CPC will bring printed resource materials, and a sign-up sheet to list contact information of participants. The sign-up sheet becomes the basis for your block watch map or telephone tree.
Crime Prevention Coordinators
Crime Prevention Coordinator Mary Amberg
Crime Prevention Coordinator Terrie Johnston
Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Solomon