When citizens band together as a Neighborhood Watch group and combine their efforts with law enforcement, a crime prevention partnership is formed.
A Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors who get to know one another and who work together to recognize and report suspicious activities to Folsom Police at 916-355-7231.
Any neighborhood can have Neighborhood Watch. To get started:
- Think about who would be in your group. Typically, it is best to have a group of neighbors whose homes are within visual range of each other.
- Think about who might be a good Block Captain.
- Pick a few dates for a first meeting and contact Folsom Police Department Community Services at 916-461-6516 to arrange for officers and CAPS volunteers to join your first meeting.
Neighborhood Watch groups don't patrol their neighborhoods or act like police officers. Neighborhood Watch members:
- Get to know each other, know what vehicles their neighbors drive, typical schedules and who lives in the homes so that if something seems off, they can check on each other or report it.
- Report suspicious activity to the Police Department.
- Share crime information and prevention tips.
Each Neighborhood Watch group is led by a Block Captain. Block Captains are responsible for:
- Creating and maintaining a contact list for all the properties within your Neighborhood Watch.
- Meet new neighbors on the street and inviting them to join in the Neighborhood Watch.
- Distribute any Neighborhood Watch fliers and collect materials from neighbors, as necessary.
- Share information with Neighborhood Watch members in a timely fashion via email or social media groups, such as Facebook.
- Organize meetings with your Neighborhood Watch on a regular basis. Some groups like to meet more frequently and some may only meet once or twice a year. Remember your Neighborhood Watch group doesn’t need to meet only about crime related issues. Hosting a more social meeting or meetings to help solve other neighborhood issues are great ways to continue to meet neighbors and get to know one another. Don’t forget National Night Out is the first Tuesday in August each year and is a great opportunity for the neighbors to get together!
- Remind neighbors to call the Folsom Police Department if they see anything unusual in the neighborhood. For non-emergency issues, please call 916-355-7231. For crimes in progress or emergencies, please call 911.
- Work as a liaison between your group and the Folsom Police Department Community Services and CAPS volunteers. They can help you with information and materials to help make your meetings a success. They can be reached at 916-461-6516 or CAPS@folsom.ca.us.