Neighborhood Watch

What is Neighborhood Watch? 

Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors coming together to look out for each other. It is a crime prevention program that encourages neighbors to participate with one another and get to know each other in order to recognize out of place activities when they occur. Neighborhood Watch is essentially a group of people looking out for each other and addressing issues concerning the entire neighborhood. 

How to start or join a neighborhood watch? 

If your neighborhood has already established a group it will be listed on Next Door and you can connect there. If it isn’t, then this is your opportunity to lead the way in creating a group. Talk to your neighbors and create a planning committee where you establish your concerns and needs for the neighborhood. Then call Santa Paula Police department, 805-525-4474 ext. 127 and speak with Sergeant Clark. The PD will provide you with a list of resources, training in home security, and reporting. 

Componets of a Neighborhood Watch

  • Meetings: these should occur on a regular basis and may occur monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly 
  • Communication: utilize Next Door to keep in contact with your neighborhood and what is going on 
  • Report: Call 911 or the non-emergency line 805-525-4474 ext. 0 or 2, and let the police know the incident you saw
    • Activities to look for: someone shouting for help, someone looking in windows of houses or cars, property being take out of houses when no one it at home, someone being forced into a vehicle, ETC. 
    • How to report: give your name and address; explain what happened; briefly describe the suspect: sex and race, age, height, weight, hair color, distinctive features; describe vehicle if involved