Tip 11: Get Involved
Statistics show that neighbourhoods with Block Watch or Neighbourhood Watch programs experience a decrease in crime. Members of the community who actually care enough to do something about the increase in crime really do make a difference.
The first step is to approach your local community policing office. These professionals are capable of helping you and your neighbours develop a special program to suit your needs.
It’s also important for you and your neighbours to watch over one another. Get to know your neighbours, and let them know that you will watch over their property when they are not around. Ask them to do the same for you. When something out of the ordinary is spotted, take the initiative to report it.
Block Watch program requirements
Block Watch is an interactive community program, and there are requirements to maintaining an active block. Local police departments, in fact, reserve the right to revoke Block Watch status.
- Have at least ten households on your block participating.
- Have an annual meeting for all Block Watch participants, at any time of the year. This meeting enables you to determine those participants who are still involved, as well as those who are interested in joining.
- Please advise the Block Watch office at least two weeks before your meeting, so that a police officer can be scheduled to attend.
- Send in an updated block map to the Block Watch office after your meeting. List all the changes to your block participants. Even if there are no changes (which is unlikely), you must always have both a captain and a co-captain.
- All Block Watch participants must properly engrave all their property.
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