- A Police and community organized awareness program that encourages neighbours to know each other and become familiar with the normal activity patterns within their neighbourhood. This enables people to recognize suspicious activity within their neighbourhood.
- A program of mutual assistance among neighbours aimed at reducing crime in our communities.
- A program that fosters a neighbourhood where people are alert to the potential of crime.
- A program that fosters a neighbourhood where people are willing to look out for each others interests.
- A program that fosters an environment where crimes are least likely to occur.
Good neighbours working together through BLOCK WATCH can prevent crime in their area the most effective way: BEFORE IT STARTS!
How does a Block Watch program start in your community?
We will supply you with an information package to assist you starting a BLOCK WATCH program in your area. The information package you receive will guide you through the steps to take to make your neighbours aware of the program and how you may all participate.
When you feel you are ready to participate in our program, you may arrange for members of our Block Watch team to give a home safety presentation to a meeting of your neighbours. Our Presentation Team will come to your neighbourhood (or community meeting place) to present our BLOCK WATCH program.
Depending on local conditions, a BLOCK WATCH grouping usually consists of 10 to 25 homes. Our presentation is approximately 2 hours in length and covers:
- Block Watch - What is it?
- Target hardening of your home.
- Neighborhood awareness.
- Marking valuable property.
Here's how to receive further information and help on how you may start a BLOCK WATCH initiative in your area:
Residents in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area, Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland or City of West Kelowna should contact the Regional District Crime Prevention Coordinator at 250-707-8021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents in the City of Kelowna should contact their Crime Prevention Coordinator at 250-470-0600.