Neighborhood Watch

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Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch programs are the most effective means available for keeping crime out of neighborhoods. Neighbors working together with the MHCSD COMMUNITY PRESERVATION OFFICER are a formidable crime-fighting team. Be a good neighbor and make your community safer by starting a Neighborhood Watch Program.

What is neighborhood watch?

Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program enlisting the active participation of residents in cooperation with the MHCSD COMMUNITY PRESERVATION OFFICER to reduce the incidence and fear of crime in their communities. It involves neighbors getting to know each other to develop a program of mutual assistance. It involves neighbors being educated in crime reporting and suspect identification techniques. Finally, it involves neighbors using crime prevention strategies as tools to reduce crime in their communities.

The key to keeping a Neighborhood Watch group active is maintaining interest over time. By getting everyone involved, you will create a feeling of pride and the atmosphere of a small town, even if you live in a large city. Neighborhood Watch can easily be adapted to meet your needs, wherever you live or work.

Active Neighborhood Watch groups can make changes through their local officials, such as improving street lighting, increasing extra patrol, and changing traffic flow patterns. Active apartment or multi-family dwelling groups can make changes by working closely with their landlords or building managers. They can work together to improve the lighting and security of individual units as well as communal areas and develop new policies or practices to improve building or property security.

How do I start a Neighborhood Watch Program?

The MHCSD COMMUNITY PRESERVATION OFFICER will assist in starting a program in your neighborhood. An MHCSD COMMUNITY PRESERVATION OFFICER will be available for your first meeting to assist with the initial organization of the Neighborhood Watch Program and discuss crime concerns specific to your neighborhood or community.

     Mountain House CSDMcGruff the Crime Dog
     251 E. Main Street 
     Mountain House, CA 95391
     Phone (209) 831-2300

     MHCSD Community Preservation Officer
     
Roger Alvarez
     
ralvarez@sjgov.org

Make belonging to your Neighborhood Watch group enjoyable. People will get involved and remain interested if the programs are fun as well as meaningful. Use your imagination. Schedule potluck dinners, organize clean-up campaigns, or hold block parties. The possibilities are endless when neighbors unite and work together.

                                McGruff Take a bite out of crime     Neighborhood-Watch Eye

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