Crime Watch (NCW)
is a partnership between residents and law enforcement to improve
safety and prevent crime. NCW can help you learn:Who your neighbors
are and how to work with them, how to use a neighborhood map and
roster to communicate, how and why crime happens, how to improve
home security and personal safety, how to recognize and report
suspicious activity. Active NCW groups with visible NCW signs
can deter crime.
Participation: Anyone who lives in Atwater can
participate in NCW. You may live in an apartment or condominium
complex, a townhouse or a single family home.
Read the information below:
Contact the neighbors: determine the meeting time - typically
a weekday evening about 6:30 or 7:00 PM.
Schedule a meeting: Call the Police Department NCW contact:
Distribute flyers: inviting neighbors to the NCW meeting
7 to 10 days prior to the meeting. PD can help supply the flyers.
5. On the meeting day: give your friends a reminder
call or flyer. Neighborhood Crime Watch meetings can be scheduled
Meetings: A Police representative will discuss
crime in Atwater and your area, how and when to contact the police
and the NCW program requirements, how and why it works, what you
can do to make your home safer and securer, and what other neighborhoods
Schedule and have a NCW meeting: Complete a roster
of members’ names, addresses and telephone numbers, complete
a neighborhood map, select a Block Captain and an Alternate for
the group, decide how many signs you want and where the signs
should be installed, bring a copy of the completed map, roster
and funds to purchase the sign(s) to the police department, the
group must meet at least once a year, and maintain a current map
and roster, child, teen or senior safety, Halloween, Summer or
Holiday safety, scams or fraud schemes.
Captain: The Block Captain and the Alternate are liaisons
between the NCW group and the police department. They make sure
the map and the roster are complete and the NCW signs are purchased
and installed. They also schedule NCW meetings at least once a
year, maintain a current membership roster and map, and distribute
Crime Alert Bulletins when provided by the police department.
Many groups rotate the Block Captain and Alternate responsibilities.
NCW signs: Every official NCW group must have
at least one NCW sign. The NCW sign acts as a crime deterrent
by notifying people who enter the area that the neighborhood is
watching and knows how to contact the police.
Communication and Meeting Topics: In addition
to the telephone rosters and flyers, Email, websites and newsletters
have been used by NCW groups. Some groups have formal meetings,
others are relaxed with barbecues and block parties. Most groups
focus on safety and crime prevention. The police department offers
brochures and videos on Personal Safety and Crime Awareness. Some
NCW groups are actively involved in community issues such as:
Traffic Safety, Neighborhood Beautification, and youth activities.
Website for Crime Prevention Information: The
Atwater Police Department provides monthly crime prevention information
in partnership with the Crime Prevention Connection.
to access the information.