Neighborhood Watch Program

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Neighborhood Watch 

The neighborhood Watch is a community-oriented endeavor providing a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, and citizens for the protection of their communities.

Our city is built on the strength of our citizens. Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does the Neighborhood Watch Program allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service.

Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does the Neighborhood Watch Program allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service. Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve.

Why Neighborhood watch?

It works. Dramatic decreases in burglary and related offenses are reported by law enforcement professionals in communities with active Watch programs.
Many families have two working parents and children involved in many activities that keep them away from home. An empty house in a neighborhood where the surrounding community does not know the owner is a prime target for burglary.

How does a neighborhood watch start?
Together, motivated individuals, community organizations and law enforcement can organize a small planning committee of neighbors to discuss needs, the level of interest, and other public safety and emergency topics, such as earthquake preparedness.

Who can be involved?
Any community resident can join—young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner. Even the busiest of people can belong to a Neighborhood Watch—they too can keep an eye out for neighbors as they come and go.

What does a neighborhood watch do?
A Neighborhood Watch is neighbors helping neighbors. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Members meet their neighbors, learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activity that raises their suspicions to the sheriff’s office.

What are my responsibilities as a watch member?

Be alert!
Know your neighbors and watch out for each other.
Report suspicious activities and crimes to the Walnut/Diamond Bar Sheriff Station at (909) 595-2264.
Learn how you can make yourself and your community safer.

What type of activities should I lookout for as a watch member?
Someone screaming or shouting for help.
Someone looking in windows of houses and parked cars.
Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home or from closed businesses.
Cars, vans, or trucks moving slowly with no apparent destination or without lights.
Anyone being forced into a vehicle.
A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a child. 

How should I report incidents?

Call 9-1-1.
Give your name and address.
Explain what happened.
Briefly describe the suspect: sex and race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothing, distinctive characteristics such as a beard, mustache, scars, or accent.
Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color, make, model, year, license plate, and special features, such as stickers.

To begin a Neighborhood Watch Program in your area, or for more information contact Walnut Team Leader Deputy Doug Daley at (909) 595-7543.