For over 30 years, the Block Watch program has brought together residents to help increase safety in Vancouver neighbourhoods. With over 400 Block Watch groups, that’s 8000 extra pairs of trained eyes and ears across the city – all looking out for each other and their property.
In addition to receiving help with most crime, safety and nuisance issues, the program’s main purpose is to help reduce residential break-ins and thefts from vehicles. It provides a greater awareness to neighbours on how to be alert to and report suspicious activities.
Block Watch is all about neighbours helping neighbours.
How does it work?
Our dedicated Block Watch constable and civilian coordinator provide resources to help you connect with your neighbours, and then train and support your team to work together to reduce crime and create a safer neighbourhood.
Benefits of a Block Watch membership
- Proactive Block Watch neighbourhoods have lower crime rates
- Valuable training to learn what, how, and when to report suspicious activity
- Opportunity for a site security assessment of your neighbourhood or complex by Block Watch constable to help identify ways to discourage thieves
- Receive weekly crime awareness information so you know what is happening in your neighbourhood and you can be better prepared
- Connection with your neighbours, so you can look out for each other’s safety and property, and feel a greater sense of community
How much time does it take?
Once you have completed the steps to activate your Block Watch group, being a Block Watch Captain/Co-Captain takes about an hour per week plus an annual meeting or block party.
Block Watch members are encouraged to take part in online training to learn about what to look out for and tips to make your home less attractive to thieves, as well as attend an annual meeting with their group.
Steps to starting a Block Watch
1. Email your Vancouver address to the
Block Watch Coordinator.