How Neighborhood Watch Works
Neighborhood Watch is a Community Policing partnership program that rapidly expanded nation-wide in the 1970's to combat significant increases in residential crime. This program depends on citizen involvement to prevent and discourage crime and reduce fear by taking certain home, property, and personal self-protection precautions, really getting to know and look out for neighbors, and reporting crimes and suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch in the City of Sugar Land is a Sugar Land Police Department program and the department determines its policy.
Visit your block neighbors with this page or have a get-together to promote it, stimulate interest, and enlist helpers, and gather program support from them. Call the phone number below for police information and assistance on your questions. Once you have the active support from half of your block, designate a block captain and co-captain to serve as block coordinators and liaisons with the police for information and educational literature. Establish a means to keep all your residents informed of these communications.
Organizing & Maintaining Neighborhood Watch
When committed, schedule a "start-up" meeting with a police officer at a date and time convenient to your block. At that time, the officer will walk everyone through all elements of the program:
- Neighborhood Watch rules and duties
- Telephone Tree Block Map for quick contact with your neighbors
- Street signs and window stickers
- Home security surveys and participation in Operation I.D.
- Flexible get-togethers that focus on residents' needs, concerns, and interests
Within parameters, your block decides how to run its own program thereafter keeping your crime prevention officer informed. Your block captain will coordinate block Neighborhood Watch activities, disseminate crime prevention information and educational literature, and bring new neighbors into the program.
Costs & Benefits
Costs are minimal investment of some time to get started, subsequent participation by neighbors at get-togethers, and street signs (at $35 each). The city installs signs on standing poles and police supply window stickers to all participating neighbors at no cost.
Benefits are many; beyond preventing crime and reducing fear, the Neighborhood Watch builds pride, forges bonds among block residents, improves citizen-police relations, and can address other block issues and concerns like child safety, youth development, senior citizen welfare, and quality-of-life. Participants receive an excellent, on-going education from police on many topics including:
- Basic crime prevention measures to safeguard you, your home, and valuables
- Being vigilant, cooperative surveillance, and recognizing suspicious activity
- Direct telephone contacts to crime prevention officer
- Experts to speak, instruct, or train at your block get-together
- How to deal with suspected drug activity
- How to handle city ordinance nuisance violations
You are not being asked to take personal risks, only to serve as extra eyes and ears and to report information on crimes and suspicious activities promptly to 9-1-1 for emergencies (crimes in progress or life-threatening situations), or 281-275-2020 for non-emergencies. The police will take action on those reports.
The City of Sugar Land Police Department strives to keep the City of Sugar Land one of the safest in the area. Nevertheless, however little, crime still does take place. Don't wait to become a victim - be proactive! Isn't now the time to get a Neighborhood Watch Program started on your own block?
Your Direct Police Contact
For any additional information on this program or to start one up now, contact your Crime Prevention Officer for your city area:
- Beat 1: 281-275-2578
- Beat 2: 281-275-2575
- Beat 3: 281-275-2580
- Beat 4: 281-275-2579
- Beat 5: 281-275-2956