Safe Communities, One Block at a Time

What is Block Watch?

Block Watch is a program to help neighbours watch out for neighbours. It aims to get citizens involved in discouraging and preventing crime at the local level. The ultimate success of Block Watch depends largely on a commitment to cooperate between area residents and the police — and more importantly, between residents themselves.

Crime Prevention is Everyone’s Responsibility. Please Do Your Part to Prevent Crime!

How does it work?

Your neighbours know who you are, what type of car you drive, and may be the first to notice a suspicious person at your door or window. A police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger in your yard — but your neighbour will.

By simply getting to know the neighbours around you, you’ll be able to recognize someone or something that’s suspicious. When neighbours work together, they can combat crime in their area in the most effective way — before it starts. Block Watch encourages active participation in crime prevention.

As part of the program, you can learn:

  • How to make your home less inviting as a target for thieves;
  • How to participate in an engraving program to mark your valuables;
  • How to recognize and report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood;
  • How to increase your personal safety;
  • How to prevent auto crime; and
  • What’s happening in community crime prevention through our newsletter.

There is a full time Community Programs Coordinator working in each of the five RCMP district offices. For more information, please contact the Community Programs Coordinator in your local area.

What Is Required of Block Watch Volunteers?

  • Each block area will require a Block Captain and, ideally, a Co-Captain to assist.
  • Depending on the size of the complex or neighbourhood, several Captains or
  • Co-Captains may need to be recruited.
  • All Captains and Co-Captains must undergo a security check by the police in advance of attending the free training session and crime prevention workshop.
  • The Block Watch Security Check & Application form can be obtained from one of our District Offices.
  • Block Watch does not require a lot of time or major responsibility. It is easy to organize.
  • It is not necessary to be home all the time to be a Block Watch Captain or Co-Captain.

To get involved in an existing Block Watch in your area, or if you’re interested in starting a Block Watch for your area, contact your local Community Programs Coordinator at your RCMP District Office

Other Resources

District 1: City Centre/Whalley
Block Watch: 604-502-6287

District 2: Guildford/Fleetwood
Block Watch: 604-502-6509

District 3: Newton
Block Watch: 604-502-6560

District 4: Cloverdale/Port Kells
Block Watch: 604-502-6265

District 5: South Surrey
Block Watch: 604-599-7862