Folsom Neighborhood Watch
A Community Program of the Folsom Police Department
Neighborhood Watch was created to encourage citizen involvement in fighting crime. It is the most effective means of keeping crime out of our neighborhoods. The concept is simple:
- Lock your doors and windows.
- Recognize suspicious/criminal activity.
- Report anything appearing suspicious.
When citizens ban together as a neighborhood watch group and combine their efforts with law enforcement, we have created a crime prevention partnership. The active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement involves:
- Neighbors getting to know each other and working together.
- Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious activities.
- Implementation of crime prevention techniques such as personal safety, Operation Identification, home and vehicle security.
If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch in your area, contact our Crime Prevention unit, Jessica Hess at (916) 351-3409.
What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is a self-help crime prevention program that enlists the active involvement of community residents. As a member of your own Folsom Neighborhood Watch group, you can improve the quality of life in your own neighborhood, reduce opportunities for crime by looking out for your neighbors, act as extra eyes and ears for your Police Department, and take the responsibility of reporting anything suspicious to the Folsom Police Department at 355-7231.
Who should be in a Neighborhood Watch group?
Folsom Neighborhood Watch is for every responsible person in every neighborhood in the city. Typically a group is the homes which are within visual range of each other. Your communication with the Police Department and with your neighbors creates a powerful deterrent to those who would harm you or your property.
As a Folsom Neighborhood Watch participant you assume certain responsibilities:
- Get to know your neighbors, their vehicles and their children
- Be a good neighbor, maintain your property and your home
- Cooperate and communicate with your neighbors and keep an eye on their property when they're gone
- Be alert to neighborhood activity and traffic entry and exit
- Attend Neighborhood Watch meetings
- Secure your home and property as detailed in the handouts and presentations
- Participate in a Home Security Survey
- Have a record of all your valuables; engrave, photograph or videotape them
- Be willing to notify the Folsom Police Department when suspicious activity occurs
- Notify your alarm company, if you have one, and keep contact names and numbers current. Keep your alarm permit up to date and your system functioning properly.
How do I start a Neighborhood Watch group?
- Contact our Crime Prevention Unit, Jessica Hess (916) 351-3409, or the Volunteer desk at (916) 351-3536.
- Take the flyers and brochures she provides to your neighbors and ask them if they are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch program in your area. Ask them to read the material and give you a call with their response. Once you have enough interested people who want a Neighborhood Watch program, coordinate a meeting date with the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.
- Distribute flyers to your neighbors announcing the upcoming organizational meeting. Be sure to include the date, time, contact phone number, and location.
Block Captain duties vary in each community, but here are some typical duties:
Once you have a Neighborhood Watch group established, the City will install Neighborhood Watch signs.