5 Steps For a Successful Neighborhood Watch
March 3, 2021
Information following information is courtesy of the Alameda Police Department. Please click HERE to download the APD Neighborhood Watch informational PDF. All new neighborhood watch groups are encouraged to register with the Alameda Police Department. Please contact Michaelia Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhood Watch enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes. Its primary purpose is the protection of property and increased safety for you and your neighbors.
The 3 main functions of a successful Neighborhood Watch group is to conduct neighborhood patrol, report suspicious activity and report criminal activity.
It is NEVER the responsibility of a Neighborhood Watch member to intervene or apprehend suspects. Leave that to the police officers.
Criminals do not want to be seen. The goal of a Neighborhood Watch group is to create a strong perception that suspicious or criminal activity is being observed.
5 STEPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
STEP 1: SELECT A BLOCK CAPTAIN
Select a block captain, or co-captains, that will act as a point person for APD and assist in facilitating meetings.
STEP 2: IDENTIFY PARTICIPATING HOUSEHOLDS
Begin reaching out to all of your neighbors to seek participation in your Neighborhood Watch group. Consider going door-to-door in teams, this gives you a chance to get to know your neighbors and identify those who may not want to participate.
STEP 3: GATHER INFORMATION
In order to keep neighbors connected, provide information to emergency personnel (if needed) and identify what vehicles or people belong in your neighborhood, identify the following:
- Phone numbers & emails
- Household occupants (names, sex and age)
- Household vehicles (color, make, & license plate number)
STEP 4: CREATE A MAP
Create a map that includes each household’s demographics and share among participants. All maps should be confidential and each group is responsible for updating any changes.
STEP 5: TIME TO GET ACTIVE!
Neighborhood watch groups are designed to allow you and your neighbors to continue to enjoy your everyday routine by making a few simple adjustments. “Patrol” can range from neighborhood dog walks to holiday house competitions. Remember, more eyes on the street.