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What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is a "team" approach in which the Livermore Police Department works hand in hand with you and your neighbors to reduce crime in our community. Statistics and criminals alike verify that when neighbors organize, the opportunity for crime is drastically reduced. Our Crime Prevention Specialist is available to assist you in starting and maintaining your Neighborhood Watch. Join the team and help to contribute to the safety of our community.
How Do I Start a Neighborhood Watch?
- Concentrate your initial effort by organizing those neighbors in your immediate neighborhood. The concept is to be able to keep an eye on those around you.
- Talk with your neighbors and tell them that you would like to start a Neighborhood Watch. Decide on a date and time for a first meeting. Generally, meetings are conducted in the evening hours Tuesday - Friday.
- Tell your neighbors that you will notify them when a meeting is scheduled. If you need a location for your meetings, ask if neighbors can offer their homes. Alternative locations which can be arranged include local schools, places of worship and libraries.
- Next call our Crime Prevention Office at (925) 371-4978 to schedule an available date and time for your first meeting. At the first meeting we will discuss any concerns the group has, Neighborhood Watch and the expectations and you will have the opportunity to meet your Area and/or Neighborhood Officer.
- Each Neighborhood Watch Group must have a Block Captain. Block Captains serve as a liaison between the Police Department and the Neighborhood Watch Group. Block Captains receive information from the Crime Prevention office such as Press Releases, Crime Tips or other safety related information.
- Block Captain meetings are held quarterly at the Livermore Police Department. These meetings usually cover the progress of the program and special training topics.
- As you continue to have meetings it is not necessary that the police department be present. The concept of Neighborhood Watch is that the neighbors are communicating with one another.
How Do I Keep My Neighbors Involved?
Keep the problems away by keeping up with meetings.The continued interest and involvement of your neighbors is crucial to the success of your Neighborhood Watch. While holding periodic crime prevention meetings is important, gathering only to discuss "gloom and doom" topics may cause a loss of interest. Introducing a variety of activities into your Neighborhood Watch provides a welcome change of pace. Here are a few ideas to keep the meetings going:
In 2015 Livermore hosted a total of 40 neighborhood parties for National Night Out. Livermore Police Department, City Officials, Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department, LLNL Security Force and LARPD Rangers were all out visiting the various groups. Let's make 2016 bigger and better.
- National Night Out - Tuesday August 2nd, 2016
- Street Parties/BBq's
- Pool Party
- Holiday Parties
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