Central SPNC area Neighborhood Watch Groups

ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Neighborhood Watch, is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear in your neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch Programs fight the isolation and separation that crime creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents and businesses, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve.

You can form a Neighborhood Watch group around any geographical unit: a block, apartment, park, business area, public housing complex, office, or marina. A few concerned residents, a community organization, or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the effort to organize a Neighborhood Watch. Any community resident can join — young or old, single or married, renter or homeowner.

Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions to the police department. Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Neighborhood Watch helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community concerns such as recreation for youth, child care, and affordable housing.

When a group decides to form a Neighborhood Watch, it:

  • Contacts the police department or local crime prevention organization for help in training members in home security and reporting skills and for information on local crime patterns
  • Selects a coordinator and block captains who are responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members
  • Recruits members, keeps up-to-date on new residents and makes special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people
  • Works with local government and law enforcement to put up Neighborhood Watch signs, usually after at least 50 percent of all households in a neighborhood are enrolled

What Neighborhood Watch Members Look For

  • Someone screaming or shouting for help
  • Someone looking into windows and parked cars
  • Unusual noises
  • Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home or a business is closed
  • Cars, vans, or trucks moving slowly without apparent destination, or without lights
  • Anyone being forced into a vehicle
  • A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child
  • Abandoned cars.

Report these incidents to the police department. Talk about the problem with your neighbors.

How To Report

  • Give your name and address.
  • Briefly describe the event – what happened, when, where, and who was involved.
  • Describe the suspect: sex and race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothing, distinctive characteristics such as beard, mustache, scars, tattoos or accent.
  • Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color, make, model, year, license plate, and special features such as stickers, dents, or decals.

 

If you wish to start a Neighborhood Watch in the Central San Pedro area please contact LAPD Senior Lead Officer Nua at 310-726-7920 or at his email 31681@lapd.lacity.org