In recent decades, policing has changed dramatically. Historically, police have used a reactive style of law enforcement. In other words, they responded to your complaints. A growing population, budget cuts, and other factors have forced them to rely on you, the public, more than ever. Consequently, community policing has arrived. The police are establishing a base within communities in an effort to fight crime on an altogether different level. In 1986, this model of community policing led to the development of Block Watch. Block Watch works out of West Vancouver Police department.
Block Watch is a way to have neighbours watch and communicate with each other and police
Block Watch involves being alert
Block Watch involves being aware of your neighbour's property as you would your own, and a committment to reporting suspicious activity to your police (non-emergency / 911) and neighbours
Your involvement and leadership is the key to success
Block Watch Program Overview
What Block Watch is
Block Watch is an extension of what you may already be doing on a daily basis. many of us have watched our neighbour's home for them when they are away or at work, as a favour. Under Block Watch that watchfulness is broadened and becomes more systematic. All residents on a block get to know each other through participation and communication to keep an eye out for each other.
Block Watch involves being alert as part of your everyday life. For example, when you go to a window to close the drapes, take the time to look around the neighbourhood. Ensure everything is as it should be. Talk to your neighbours to keep them aware of current crime prevention techniques and news of local crime trends.
The Program involves two commitments: the first is to be concerned about your neighbour's property as you would your own. The second is to report suspicious or criminal activity to the police and to your neighbours.
What Block Watch Isn't
Block Watch does not require you to perform special tasks or go to a lot of meetings.
You do not patrol the neighbourhood or chase burglars.
You aren't required to live in your neighbour's hip pocket. You can still conduct your life in privacy.
Block Watch doesn't require that you be any friendlier than you want to be.
Block Watch isn't just for homeowners. The tips and techniques are equally valuable to tenants.
Aims & Objectives of the Program
Reduce residential crime
Improve Police / Public relations by "working together"
Establish a sense of community within neighbourhoods
Make our community a better place to live, work and raise our children
As a Captain or Co-Captain
You ARE ...
a neighbourhood communication consultant
the liaison between West Vancouver Police and your block neighbours
You ARE NOT ...
the neighbourhood patrol
responsible for the security of your neighbours
expected to give up any privacy
Meet Your Block Watch Coordinator
Anne Russell (retired)
Anne Russell was the original Block Watch Coordinator. She started Block Watch at West Vancouver Police Department 15 years ago. She has now retired and has passed on the torch and knowledge to Alejandra Johnson yet remains passionate and involved in various West Vancouver Community groups and organizations. She remains a casual employee of WVPD and participates in Block Watch and community events on occasion.
Alejandra has worked in the Policing community (at a police department or E-Comm 911) for the past 10 years. She has been working in the Community Services Team with WVPD for the past 2 years. She is happy to be a part of such a great team that cares deeply about the safety and well-being of the community.
Alejandra grew up in various parts of the world and is now happy to call West Vancouver home.