Interested in starting a Block Watch?
How Does Block Watch Work?
Block Watch is a program of neighbours helping neighbours. The Block Watch Program is a free community-based crime prevention program administered by your local police. Residents on a street or in a complex form a communication chain, aided by a block map of names, telephone numbers, and addresses. They make a commitment to watch out for each other’s homes, and report suspicious activities to the police and to each other. They also keep each other informed about neighbourhood occurrences, burglary, thefts, and other crimes or problems occurring on their street.
Aims & Objectives of the Program
- Reduce residential crime
- Improve Police / Public relations by working together
- Establish a sense of community within neighbourhoods
- Make our community a better place to live work and raise our children
As a Captain or Co-Captain
- a neighbourhood communication consultant
- the liason between West Vancouver Police and your block neighbours
You ARE NOT:
- the neighbourhood patrol
- responsible for the security of your neighbours
- expected to give up any privacy
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
It really only takes seconds to look up and down your street, alley or at the school or park.
The primary function is to set up communication between neighbours and serve as the link between Block Watch participants and the Block Watch office. The Block Watch Captain or Co-Captain is not responsible to keep crime off the block, to patrol the area or be responsible for everyone's house keys when they are on vacation.
Serving as a Captain is not time consuming and you do not have to be home at all times to volunteer. Captain and Co-Captain don't have to perform all their duties alone.
Ask others on the block to help out when necessary.
Before becoming a Captain or Co-Captain you must undergo a security clearance. You must also meet with the Block Watch coordinators. They will provide you with the policies and procedures.
Please find someone on your block that would like to take over the position. Once you have, please contact our Program Coordinator Jeff Palmer with the updated information: new contact name, number, address, and email address.
General home security tips
Tips to prevent theft from or of motor vehicles, RV’s, etc.
Personal Safety tips
Block Watch window stickers
Block Watch street signs
Newsletters to keep you informed of current crime trends, home security, Block Watch events, and much, much more!
How to properly recognize and report crime and suspicious activity to the police
In most incidents, a general reduction in crime
Continued Police partnership
A greater sense of safety among residents
A coordinator and / or police officer to attend your first meeting
Some insurance companies will give a discount on home insurance
Contact West Vancouver Police to see if there is a Block Watch in your area. If your street does not have an active Block Watch, someone must volunteer to become the Block Captain and enlist the help of Co-Captain(s). All Captains and Co-Captains must be approved by the police. This merely involves the completion of an application form.
Complete an application form
Attend training/information session provided by your local police/block watch office.
Canvass neighbors to explain the program and encourage participation
Maintain an accurate list and map of all participants and provide an updated copy to your local police/block watch office annually.
Ensure that yearly neighborhood meetings are held.
Act as a liaison between the police department and block watch participants by providing important crime information to participants when required
Set a good example by initiating home security and target hardening measure in his/her own home.
Distribute the Block Watch Newsletter.
Welcome new residents by explaining the Block Watch Program and encouraging participation.
Organize regular meetings that focus on current issues i.e. grow ops, youth and alcohol, theft from autos etc.
Adopt a park, playground or street. Pick up litter, paint over graffiti etc
Don’t forget social events that give neighbors a chance to know each other: A block party, potluck dinner, volley ball or soft ball game, picnic, food drive for the food bank etc.
Watch out for their neighbour and their neighbour’s property
Notify police of any suspicious activity or crime in progress
Report if they have been a victim of crime
Notify their Block Captain if they have been a victim of a break and enter or other criminal/suspicious activity
Update security and hardware in their homes
Mark all valuables with their driver’s license number
After participants have marked & catalogued their property they will be given Block Watch Decals by the Captain
Attend yearly Block Watch meetings in their neighborhood
Someone screaming or shouting for help
Sounds of breaking glass or shattering wood
Beam from flashlight or light in neighbor’s home
Persons going door to door
Someone looking into windows of parked cars
Persons waiting in front of a home or loitering around the neighborhood
A stranger in the back yard
Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home or a business after it has closed
Property being carried by persons on foot
Property being loaded into a vehicle or being removed from a vehicle
An opened or forced door or window
Strange vehicles parked at your neighbor’s house
Slow moving vehicles cruising the block
Someone being forced into a vehicle
A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child
Of course! The building is treated like a block. There is a Captain and Co-Captain and they fan out information to the people that would like to be part of Block Watch.