Neighborhood Watch is the most successful crime prevention program offered.
Working with neighbors and the Stockton Police Department, you can fight crime in our community – before it begins!
Starting a Neighborhood Watch Group
First, talk to your neighbors about starting Neighborhood Watch on your block. If 70 percent (10-15 households) of your neighbors are interested, call the Stockton Police Community Services Section about a Neighborhood Watch Group in your area. They will help you choose a date for your first meeting and provide invitations to distribute.
First Meeting – With Police Department
Police Department personnel will talk to you and your neighbors about:
- specific crimes occurring in your area,
- when and how to use 9-1-1,
- home security, and
- general crime prevention tips.
The group will also elect a captain and a co-captain at this meeting.
Second Meeting – With Fire Department
Stockton Fire Department personnel will discuss household hazard and safety tips.
As members of a Neighborhood Watch Group, each household will receive free placards to place in their windows.
Neighborhood Watch Signs
Once your group has held its two initial meetings and 70% of the neighbors have the placards in place, your Neighborhood Watch Group will be able to purchase a metal Neighborhood Watch sign for a minimal fee. Signs are purchased through the Police Department and installed by the City of Stockton Public Works Department.
Continue to Meet as a Group
Neighborhood Watch Groups are encouraged to meet at least twice a year after the two initial sessions to discuss any issues on your block or to review materials available through the Police Department's Community Services. A sample of available topics include:
- Personal Safety
- Auto Theft Prevention
- Alarm Systems
- Gang Awareness
- Traffic Safety
Advisory Board Meetings
Neighborhood Watch members are encouraged to attend monthly Advisory Board meetings by the Stockton Police Department. For meeting dates and times, please contact the Stockton Police Department Community Services Section.
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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 6/23/2015