Fairfield's Neighborhood Watch is an effective crime prevention program which enlists the active participation of residents in a community, in partnership wth the Fairfield Police Department, to reduce crime in their communities. It involves:
- Neighbors getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance
- Residents trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods
- Implementation of crime prevention techniques such as personal security, vehicle security, CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), and basic police operation information.
The ABC’s of Fairfield Neighborhood Watch
- Any community resident can join—young and old, single and married, young and senior
- Concerned residents using their Block Captains partner with the Fairfield Police Department and spearhead the effort to organize a Watch
- Participants learn how to make there homes more secure, watch out for each other, and report suspicious activities to the Fairfield Police Department
- Watch groups are typically 20 to 30 residents—based on visually seeing other neighbors—if you cannot see your neighbors from where you live (or do not pass their house on a regular basis), it may be an indication that they should form their own Watch group
- Watch groups are not vigilantes—they are extra eyes and ears for observing and reporting crime, as well as helping neighbors
When a group of residents decides to form a Neighborhood Watch. . .
- Contact the Fairfield Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Coordinator (707.428.7673 ) for help in coordinating your meeting.
- Select a Block Captain and Co-Captain who will be responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to participants.
- Recruit members—keep up-to-date with new residents and make special efforts to involve the elderly, working residents, and young people.
Strengthening Your Group
- Organize regular meetings that focus on current issues.
- Generate excitement about the Watch group—get more residents to be excited and involved.
- Develop events that positively impact the neighborhood such as: National Night Out, Neighborhood Litter Pickup Day, Graffiti Removal Patrol, and Adopt A Neighborhood Park.
- Have someone designated to take notes for Neighborhood Watch meetings—they can be distributed to residents that did not attend the meeting.
- Publish a newsletter to distribute to all neighbors that highlights activities in the neighborhood and residents who are “making a difference.”
- Use social events such as, block parties, potlucks, picnics, and yard sales to strengthen the Neighborhood Watch group.