Block Watch

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The Block Watch program opens the lines of communication between neighbors, residents, and the police department.

Good communication includes tips, tools, and information, as well as crime reporting. It enables the neighborhood to be the eyes and ears of the police department, plan coordinated action, and have resources from which to draw on in times of trouble.

Focusing on direct communication between police officers and residents gives officers a sense of support from the community, and gives residents the sense that police officers are not just faceless uniforms, but human beings who care about the communities they work in. Good communication increases understanding from both perspectives.

Security

The Block Watch program provides security information on locking hardware, lighting, landscaping, alarms, etc. This information can be used to increase home security, whether in a single family residence or in an multi-housing community.

Enhancing security reduces the chance of a burglar gaining entry into your home and may minimize property loss in the event of a break-in. Contact the Crime Prevention Unit for a free security survey of your home.

Strength in Numbers

There is political and practical strength in speaking in loud, unified voices, whether to the police department, the city, or in "speaking" to the neighborhood and community.

Working as a group makes citizens stronger against crime and fear, and reduces the burden that any one citizen must carry for the group. Since fear can be paralyzing, reducing isolation is an extremely important element of Block Watch.

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