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Neighborhood Watch

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About Neighborhood Watch

 

Neighborhood Watch programs are a simple, effective and useful way to reduce crime, address quality of life issues, get to know your neighbors and work towards the goal of making your block and your neighborhood safer for everyone.

They work by brining neighbors together on a regular basis to share information and concerns, establishing simple lines of effective communication to “get the word out” when something is going on and by connecting you more closely to the police officers who patrol your street and their supervising officers.

Watch programs vary from neighborhood to neighborhood and from block to block.  Most have some familiar elements though:

·         The selection of a “Block Captain” who interfaces with the local police and government agencies, and who coordinates meetings for the group.

·         The development of a “Communications Tree” which allows everyone in the group to “get the word” out quickly when a concern or suspicious activity on observed.

·         Regular meetings at a suitable interval for the block and neighborhood in question (this could be monthly, bi-monthly, or even quarterly.)

 

The Value Of A Neighborhood Watch

 

The simplest and most apparent value of a neighborhood watch program is the heightened awareness of residents.  Through training, information and closer connections with local police, group participants are often more alert to suspicious activity and more willing to call police when such activity is observed. They also know how to call, what information to provide and how to keep a record of their observations for use later on if needed.

All of these simple steps greatly assist law enforcement and also help to maintain the safety and security of the block and the residents who live there.  A few hours a month can make a major difference in the safety and security of your block.

 

Existing Watch Programs In The Neighborhood

 

Neighborhood Watch programs are a simple, effective and useful way to reduce crime, address quality of life issues, get to know your neighbors and work towards the goal of making your block and your neighborhood safer for everyone.

Neighborhood Watch Blocks

 

 

 

Each red marker represents a block that is organized through Neighborhood Watch

 

Here is a list of the current Neighborhood Watch blocks in the CSC area:

 

  • 200 BLOCK of RITCH Street
  • 300 BLOCK of RITCH Street
  • 200 BLOCK of TOWNSEND Street

 

 

How To Start A Neighborhood Watch

 

Contact your fellow neighbors and residents and have them over for coffee and a chat.  Discuss the idea of establishing a neighborhood watch and gauge their enthusiasm and interest.  If there is enough interest, contact San Francisco SAFE to get the ball rolling officially.  

 

San Francisco SAFE, Inc. (Safety Awareness for Everyone) is a non-profit organization that guides residents, business owners, and community members to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. SAFE provides education and support regarding public safety and assists community members in identifying and resolving issues of crime and violence. SAFE partners with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to provide crime prevention education and organizing support for communities and Neighborhood Watch groups. We engage and empower community members to take an active role in problem-solving and working together to create safe, vibrant neighborhoods. We believe that everyone in San Francisco has the right to be safe.

 

Once your program has been established and recognized by the City and County of San Francisco, Neighborhood Watch street signs will be placed on each end of your block to let everyone know that residents care about and watch out for each other.  Those signs alone can deter would be thieves and trouble makers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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