Block Watch is a Crime Prevention Program where neighbours pro-actively watch out for each other.
This program encourages neighbours to communicate and get to know each other. Neighbours watch out for each other and their homes by reporting suspicious activity to the police and then to their neighbours. Awareness and reporting of suspicious activity in your neighbour reduces the likelihood of you becoming a victim of crime.
Block Watch asks for two commitments:
Block Watch is not:
Anyone who is genuinely interested in preventing crime in their neighbourhood can join. To form a Block Watch Neighbourhood, someone must volunteer to become the Captain. All Captains and Co-Captains must pass a security clearance before starting a Block Watch group in their neighbourhood.
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:
The Block Watch program focuses on residential homes and strata owned properties.
For more information about the program and upcoming block watch training sessions, contact the Burnaby RCMP Crime Prevention Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-294-7859.