Making Santa Monica Safer One Block at a Time
Neighborhood Watch is a partnership between the Police Department and residents that provides you the opportunity to get to know your neighbors, and allow officers to get to know you and your neighborhood. In an effort to reduce crime and enhance quality of life in your community, SMPD Crime Prevention Coordinators will show you how to protect yourself, your neighbors, and your property from crime. Statistical data, along with criminals themselves, confirm that when neighbors organize, the opportunity for crime is drastically reduced.
The objectives of the Neighborhood Watch Program are to:
- Prevent crime by improving security, increasing vigilance, and creating and maintaining a caring community in an effort to reduce the opportunities for crime
- Assist the police in detecting crime by promoting effective two-way communication and prompt reporting of suspicious and criminal activity
- Reduce undue fear of crime by providing accurate information about crime risks, and by promoting a sense of security and community spirit, particularly amongst more vulnerable members of the community
- Enhance the police-community partnership by providing effective communications through systems such as the Neighborhood Watch Block Captains via email, fax, phone or mail regarding local crime trends.
How to Join or Start a Neighborhood Watch
How to Keep Your Group Active