Preventing Crime Locally
Knowing your neighbors and getting involved in Neighborhood Watch are two of the best ways to protect against crime in your neighborhood. In a study at Folsom State Prison, 23 of 24 convicted burglars said that a crime watch sign in the window caused them to go elsewhere.
Get Started Today
- Block organizer: Attend a training session
- Block organizer: Survey neighbors to determine who will participate. The most effective group is only one block long
- Designate a captain and co-captain: These volunteers organize the block, plan regular meetings and disseminate crime statistics report information
Schedule Your First Meeting
The first Neighborhood Crime Watch meeting is an organizational meeting to meet neighbors and share personal information.
- Schedule your meeting at a resident’s home or other local site.
- Choose a block captain and co-captain.
- Share personal information such as vehicle information, children’s names and ages, emergency telephone number, etc. If someone objects, do not insist. This is about being a good neighbor.
- Talk about what your group wants and expects from this Neighborhood Crime Watch organization.
Crime Watch Signs
Crime Watch signs provide a deterrent to crime only when Neighborhood Crime Watch participants are actively aware and involved in reporting all suspicious activities and vehicles. The city installs them. The crime prevention specialist and the City Signs Division determine placement. Individual yard signs are an option and may be purchased when ordering the primary crime watch signage.
To be eligible for a sign:
- Have an organized Crime Watch group on your block
- Choose a block captain and co-captain
Questions? Call 972-547-2844 or send an email to our Crime Prevention & Education unit.