Block Watch

Block Watch Meetings

If you are interested in hosting or attending a Block Watch meeting please contact West Shore RCMP Community Policing Section at (250)391-3327.

How to start a Block Watch

  1. Choose a Block Captain;
  2. Block Watch Captain obtain a criminal record check;
  3. Block Watch Captain is to canvass the neighbourhood to determine any interested participants;
  4. Obtain names, addresses and phone numbers of interested participants;
  5. Your neighbourhood is to attend an initial Block Watch presentation at the West Shore RCMP Detachment.

Creating Safer Neighbourhoods one block at a time.

Block Watch is a program to help neighbours watch out for neighbours. It aims to get citizens involved in preventing crime at the local level.

Paper cut out of family, house and car on the grass.   Block Watch sign

How Does it Work?

Your neighbours know who you are, what type of car you drive, and may be the first to notice a suspicious person at your door or window. A police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger in your yard — but your neighbour will.

Block Watch volunteers report suspicious activity to each other and to the police. A Break and Enter can be prevented if criminals know that there are watchful neighbours!

Why Join?  

Neighbourhoods with an active Block Watch show a significant decrease in crime in their area. Other benefits include:

What Is Required of Block Watch Volunteers?

The Captain and Co-Captain share the responsibility of managing the Block Watch Program in their neighbourhood. They serve as the communication link between their neighbourhood Block Watch participants and the RCMP.

As a Captain or Co-Captain, you will meet with the Block Watch coordinator for a one-time training session. The meeting is approximately 60 minutes in length, and is designed to give prospective Block Watch Captains and Co-Captains a more detailed idea of what their duties as a Captain would be and how to organize/maintain their block.

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