Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night.
This past Sunday, the Santa Anita Oaks Homeowners Association held a successful Neighborhood Watch meeting with about 90 residents in attendance. This is a great example of neighbors coming together. City Council Member April Verlato, HOA President Peter Olson, and the entire HOA Board of Directors were also present. Council Member Verlato, Lt. Tom Cullen, and Arcadia FD Bat. Chief Kevin Valentine spoke to the group and answered questions from residents concerning crime, safety, and other City matters.
Give our Community Services Office a call and ask about joining your local neighborhood watch. Or, consider hosting a neighborhood meeting if there is not an established group near you. Community Services can be reached at 626.821.2649.
This post was originally published on May 23, 2018 at the Arcadia Police Department blog.