What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for neighbors. It is getting to know each other and becoming familiar with your neighbor’s habits and vehicles so that you will know when something is suspicious or out of the ordinary. In addition to recognizing potential suspicious activities, Neighborhood Watch participants report such activity by calling 911. After calling 911, also notify your Watch Chairperson (Block Captain).
All of this doesn’t make you a nosy neighbor – it makes you a good neighbor in the old-fashioned sense of the word. Many people don’t want to bother law enforcement because they are afraid that it may not be a real emergency or that they may be embarrassed if their suspicions turn out to be unfounded. The police and sheriff’s deputies would much rather be called out to investigate than to be called after a crime has been committed.
When in doubt, always call 911. The 911 dispatch center is staffed with trained operators who will evaluate your call, rank its priority, and dispatch it to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Neighborhood watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Currently, there are over more than twenty watch groups in San Juan County.
If you are interested in starting a group in your neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact the Community Relations Office at 505-334-6107.
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Benefits of having a Neighborhood Watch:
- Improved livability.
- A team concept of neighbors working together.
- Knowing your neighbors and looking out for one another.
- Improved home security.
- A partnership with the Sheriff’s office.
- Information about available resources and services.
For additional information, please contact the Community Relations Office at (505) 334-6107.
Have you joined our neighborhood Nextdoor.com account yet? Available to any Neighborhood or Neighborhood Watch group at no cost! Sign up your neighborhood by visiting nextdoor.com.
You can learn more about Nextdoor.com by watching the video below. Once you join, you will get to enjoy all of the daily messages being sent between neighbors as they share recommended contractors, items to donate and events to attend.