Creating Safer Neighbourhoods one block at a time.
Block Watch is a program to help neighbours watch out for neighbours. It aims to get citizens involved in preventing crime at the local level.
How Does it Work?
Your neighbours know who you are, what type of car you drive, and may be the first to notice a suspicious person at your door or window. A police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger in your yard — but your neighbour will.
Block Watch volunteers report suspicious activity to each other and to the police. A Break and Enter can be prevented if criminals know that there are watchful neighbours!
Neighbourhoods with an active Block Watch show a significant decrease in crime in their area. Past results have shown a 60% decrease in crime! Other benefits include:
- Increased communication between the police and the public.
- A sense of community and safety in your neighbourhood.
- Education on how to recognize and report suspicious behaviour
- Receive Block Watch street signs and stickers for your doors
What Is Required of Block Watch Volunteers?
- To start a Block Watch group, someone must volunteer to become the Block Captain.
- You must be at least 19 years old.
- Block Watch does not require a lot of time or major responsibility. It is easy to organize.
- It is not necessary to be home all the time to be a Block Watch Captain or Co-Captain.
- "Block watchers" can be owners or renters and can live in any type of home from a single-family dwelling to a high-rise apartment.
The Role of a Block Watch Captain and Co-Captain
The Captain and Co-Captain share the responsibility of managing the Block Watch Program in their neighbourhood. They serve as the communication link between their neighbourhood Block Watch participants and the RCMP.
As a leader, you will meet with the Block Watch coordinator for training. The meeting is approximately 90 minutes in length, and is designed to give prospective Block Watch group leaders a more detailed idea of what their duties as a Captain would be and how to organize their block.
To get involved in Block Watch in your area contact your local Community Police Office.
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