What is Block Watch?

The goal of Block Watch is to build a crime-free British Columbia through community participation. It is a program to help neighbours watch out for neighbours. It aims to get citizens involved in crime prevention at the local level. The ultimate success of Block Watch depends largely on a commitment to cooperate between area residents and the police – and more importantly, between residents themselves.

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How Does it Work?

By simply getting to know the neighbours around you, you’ll be able to recognize someone or something that’s suspicious. A police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger in your yard – but your neighbour will. When neighbours work together, they can combat crime in their area the most effective way – before it starts. Block Watch encourages active participation in crime prevention by watching for crime or suspicious activity and reporting it to the police.

Why Join?

  • Active involvement and participation in a Block Watch Program will provide:
  • A proactive approach to crime prevention.
  • Increased communication between the police and the public.
  • A sense of community in your neighbourhood.
  • A greater sense of safety among residents.
  • Education on target hardening, property marking and reporting crime or suspicious activity
  • Two Block Watch signs installed on your street.

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What is Required of Volunteers?

  • Each block area will require a Block Watch Captain and Co-Captain.
  • All Captains and Co-Captains must attend an information/training session and complete a Block Watch Application, which includes a criminal record check.
  • Block Watch does not require a lot of time or major responsibility. It is easy to organize.

For more information, please contact the North Vancouver Block Watch office at 604-969-7553.

parade of block watch volunters