- Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch is…
- Becoming acquainted with your neighbors.
- Working together to solve neighborhood concerns.
- Helping the police by raising awareness and reporting any unusual activities as they occur. (You know best what “normal” activity in your neighborhood is.)
- Learning to minimize potential risks by making safe choices (i.e. utilizing locks, lighting, etc.) to prevent crime in your neighborhood.
- Reporting suspicious persons.
- Looking out for your neighbors.
Responsibilities for Neighborhood Watch Captain and Co-Captains
- Serve as a liaison between your active Neighborhood Watch members and law enforcement.
- Recruit new Neighborhood Watch members to reach 100 percent participation in your neighborhood.
- Maintain the Member List.
- Distribute Neighborhood Watch materials and information to members in a timely manner.
- Notify members of Neighborhood Watch meetings, meetings should be held at a minimum twice annually, usually in the form of a community event or outing.
- Encourage members to call the non-emergency line at 956-361-3880 or 9-1-1 prior to contacting you to report unusual or suspicious activities.
- Captains and Co-Captains can keep an activity log or have members post on the Nextdoor or other community websites / applications.
- Attend meetings and get acquainted with neighbors.
- Keep your Member List in an easily accessible location.
- Make your home as burglar-resistant as possible.
- Be observant. Report suspicious activities to the San Benito Police Department via our non-emergency line at 956-361-3880 or through 9-1-1 if it is an emergency and to your Neighborhood Watch Captain.
- Educate children about crime prevention. Stress the importance of 911 and helping law enforcement.
- Do not confront suspicious individuals. Call 9-1-1.
- Provides immediate contact information in the event of suspicious activities, crime trends and information sharing products with the police department.
Neighborhood Watch Signs
- Warns potential thieves of law enforcement partnership with residents.
- Placed at entrances and inside the neighborhood.
- Please call the police department investigative division on how to obtain a sign / signs.
Information and Safety Suggestions:
- Maintain communication with your neighborhood watch liaison at the police department.
- Resource our NextDoor.com , facebook.com/SanBenitoPolice , or our Police Department subpage at CityofSanBenito.com
- Register for alerts at CodeRED by Onsolve
- Security Systems and Cameras
How to organize a Neighborhood Watch
- You can take an active role in your community by forming a Neighborhood Watch.
- You and your neighbors can stay safe by looking out for one another.
- Step 1: Contact your neighbors to see if they are interested in participating.
- Step 2: Contact the San Benito Police Department for additional information