Neighborhood Watch is a City program, and we want you to be involved!
...builds community pride and unity!
...a greater sense of security, responsibility, and personal control!
...improves crime reporting by citizens!
...increases surveillance in the community!
...helps prevent and reduce crime!
...builds a partnership with law enforcement!
What's in it for you?
Safer streets and homes, community pride and unity, camaraderie with neighbors, stronger relationships with law enforcement, and so much more. It's easy to participate in Neighborhood Watch. The program embraces and strengthens many things such as watching out for each others' homes and working together to solve problems. Neighborhood Watch brings the power of organization and the ability to focus energy and resources to your community.
Often Neighborhood Watch groups get started because of incidents in the community that have caused concern - burglaries, acts of vandalism, auto thefts, or drug sales, for example. These are the types of crimes that Neighborhood Watch is most successful in reducing.
What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is a community-based program supported by the National Sheriff's Association. Since its inception in 1972, thousands of communities across the nation have established Neighborhood Watch in their neighborhoods and have made a REAL difference in public safety.
How to get started
1. Contact the Public Safety Office at (661) 723-6120 or via e-mail for a program information packet
2. Arrange a kick-off meeting with your neighbors
3. Choose a block captain to head your group
4. Learn Neighborhood Watch basics and how to report crime and suspicious activity
5. Assess your neighborhood's needs and concerns
6. Build neighborhood participation
7. Maintain energy and involvement
8. Celebrate with your neighbors by having a barbeque, holiday party, or neighborhood cleanup
It's an unfortunate fact that when a neighborhood issue or crime goes away, so does the enthusiasm for Neighborhood Watch. The key to keeping a Neighborhood Watch group active over time is to maintain people's interest.
Adopt a long-term attitude from the start - the goal is to empower people to prevent crime, to forge bonds among residents and law enforcement, and to build a base for broader community involvement.
You're part of the answer!
You can make a difference! Good neighbors are what make a Neighborhood Watch program successful. Neighbors are the "eyes and ears" of their neighborhood. Building a spirit of community helps keep everyone safer and more secure...and that's what Neighborhood Watch is all about!
To start a Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood, contact the Public Safety Office at (661) 723-6120 or via e-mail for an information packet.
***New: click here to view the Zone Map to see into which Zone your Neighborhood Watch group falls [PDF, 2501Kb]. Interested in volunteering as a Zone Coordinator? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!***
It's Your Neighborhood - Keep It Safe!