Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve.
Duarte realizes that the community's active involvement in crime prevention efforts is essential to reducing crime, protecting property, and ensuring neighborhoods remain safe. Through the City's Neighborhood Watch Program, you can help your neighbors reduce crime and maintain Duarte's reputation as one of the safest cities in the San Gabriel Valley.
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that requires the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in Duarte. The City of Duarte currently has over 150 active block captains & co-block captains.
The key person in any Neighborhood Watch group is the Block Captain. This person is an integral component to keeping the block actively involved in crime prevention efforts as well as the important process of information exchange between neighbors. Many Neighborhood Watch groups flourish, but some dwindle while others disappear totally. How successful they are depends on the Block Captain and the support he or she receives from neighbors.
What does it involve?
Crime prevention is a job for you and your neighbors because you are the best people to do it. You are encouraged to develop relationships in your neighborhood. You and your neighbors can work together in a program of mutual assistance by organizing groups, holding periodic neighborhood watch meetings, and keeping lines of communication open with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. Remember that you are a proactive part of law enforcement. Our local Neighborhood Watch Program needs the following participation from our community:
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Many Block Captains are creative in their approach. They may contact new residents to get them involved and to obtain their support and participation and update their membership list as needed.
How do I get involved?