Tigard Police Department urges you to...TAKE A STAND AGAINST CRIME.
Join a Neighborhood Watch!
A Neighborhood Watch Primer
Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Building Watch,
Crime Watch whatever the name, it's 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. Throughout the country, dramatic decreases in burglary and related offenses
are reported by law enforcement professionals in communities with active Watch programs.
Today's transient society produces communities that are less personal. 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 none of the neighbors know the owner is a prime
target for burglary.
Neighborhood Watch also helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that
address other community concerns such as recreation for youth, child care, and affordable
How does a Neighborhood
A motivated individual, a few concerned residents, a community
organization, or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the efforts to establish a Watch.
Who can be involved?
- Organize a small planning committee of neighbors to discuss needs, the level of
interest, and possible community problems.
- Contact Tigard Police for help in training members in home security, reporting skills and
for information on local crime patterns.
- Hold an initial meeting to gauge neighbors interest; establish the purpose of the
program; and begin to identify issues that need to be addressed.
- Select a coordinator.
- Ask for block captain volunteers who are responsible for relaying information
- Recruit members, keeping up-to-date information on new residents and making special
efforts to involve the elderly, working parents and young people.
- Work with police to put up Neighborhood Watch signs,
usually after at least 50 percent of all households are enrolled.
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.
I live in an apartment
building. Can I start a Neighborhood Watch?
Yes, Watch Groups can be formed around any geographical unit:
a block, apartment building or townhouse complex.
What does a Neighborhood
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 activities that raise their suspicions to the police.
What are the major components
of a Watch Program?
What are my responsibilities
as a Watch Member?
- Meetings. As often as needed to maintain a cohesive and functioning program. This
will vary in each neighborhood.
- Communications. The City of Tigard Neighborhood Network Program can keep everyone
connected via the intenet. Learn more about this program.
- Special events. These are crucial to keep the program going and growing.
Host talks or seminars that focus on current issues such as "hate" or bias motivated
violence, crime in schools, teenage alcohol and other drug abuse, or domestic violence.
Sponsor a block party, holiday
dinner, or volleyball or softball game which will provide neighbors a chance to get to
know each other.
What kind of activities
should I be on the lookout for as a Watch Member?
- Be alert!
- Know your neighbors and watch out for each other.
- Report suspicious activities and crimes to the police.
- Learn how you can make yourself and your community safer.
How should I report these
- 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.
- Report these incidents to the police. Talk about concerns
and problems with your neighbors.
- Call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency police dispatch number at 503-629-0111.
- 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 beard mustache, scars, or accent.
- Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color, make, model, year, license plate,
and special features such as stickers.
For more information, please contact Tigard's Crime Prevention Officer
Jim Wolf at
503-718-2561 during normal business hours. In the event there is no active
program in your area, consider initiating one. The Crime Prevention Officer
can provide you with details.
Crime Prevention Tips from:
National Crime Prevention Council