The Neighborhood Watch Program is a major crime prevention effort of the Pueblo Police Department. This national program is showing results within our own community and many jurisdictions around the country. Your interest in the Neighborhood Watch Program will be the beginning of an experience that will allow your neighborhood to be as secure as possible. Only through the organized efforts of each and every member of the neighborhood, our community can combat crime and violence one block at a time. Our commitment to community policing makes the Neighborhood Watch Program important to all officers.
The program is intended to make citizens more informed and aware of crime prevention methods from a community, neighborhood, and individual perspective. It involves meetings that incorporate crime prevention education, personal property identification, meet and greet with neighbors, and home/apartment security tactics.
The importance of your Neighborhood Watch meetings and strong participation by your neighbors cannot be overemphasized. You and your neighbors are encouraged to get together, meet each other, establish a communication chain, and develop a sense of responsibility for each other and your area. Signs, stickers, alarms, cameras, lighting, and good locks are not the cure-all for crime. You also need the cooperation of the people around you and to develop the trust to look out for one another to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood.
HOW TO START A GROUP?
The first step to starting a group is to establish a Block Captain/coordinator. Depending on the group size it may call for two or more captains. Begin talking with your neighbors to see who else is interested. Once you have enough interest, contact the Pueblo Police Department Crime Prevention Officer, Brandon Beauvais at 719-553-2484 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instruction and assistance. We will then schedule your first meeting and present a packet of information to be shared with your group, followed by questions or concerns that need to be addressed.
Other meeting discussion topics can include conditions in parks, vacant lots, vacant buildings, traffic, noise, gangs, scams, zoning violations, Health Department issues, Neighborhood Watch logs, citizen/police cooperation, updated news/statistics/crime maps of crime in the area etc.
The Pueblo Police Department will do the following to help you ensure a successful program:
- Attend the initial meeting and guide the discussion.
- Share great resource information within the department and community.
- Explain the Neighborhood Watch Log and its value.
- Provide crime prevention information and tactics.
- Identify problems or other concerns you want to address in your area.
- Provide invite forms, sign in sheets, and other necessary documents.
- Provide information on signs, stickers, and other options to enhance your visibility.
The only requirement to be considered and maintain an active group status with the Pueblo Police Department is to have a minimum of one meeting a year with a Pueblo Police officer present.
The Official Neighborhood Watch street signs are not a requirement but only an option to consider for your group to purchase. They are a 2' x 2' fully reflective aluminum square sign. The purchase price includes the required hardware, post if needed, and installation by the City. These signs are an obvious deterrent to neighborhood crime since they directly communicate the intended message to a potential criminal that the area is under the auspices of the Pueblo Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Program. They also indicate the boundaries of the area where trained and concerned neighbors are working together with the police to keep potential problems out.
If we work together to watch out for each other in conjunction with the police, we can have an impact on crime not only within the blocks in which we reside but within our whole city. We urge you to discuss this information with your neighbors and get a Neighborhood Watch meeting scheduled with us soon!
The Pueblo Police Department would like to thank you for your interest and cooperation in setting up this program within your neighborhood. Good luck in your efforts!
Neighborhood Watch Street Sign
Neighborhood Watch Stake Sign