What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program operated by residents of the City of Los Banos, with the support of the police department. Its purpose is to create an alert citizenry by teaching residents simple crime prevention measures, and by providing both general and specific information concerning crime in each neighborhood.
To assist our neighborhood watch groups, the Department provides up to date and interactive information regarding crime and other Department activity online through our “Citizen RIMS” portal. Here https://lbpd.crimegraphics.com/2013/default.aspx/ you’ll find a wide range of very useful information based on the location of the event. If you would like to learn more about Citizen RIMS, contact the Department’s Crime Analyst, Patricia Vigil at (209) 827 7070 Ext. 142.
Neighborhood Watch encourages residents to familiarize themselves with the activities of their neighborhood by, knowing who works during the day, which automobiles belong where, recognizing people who belong in the area, and noting those who do not. This basic knowledge, together with a few precautions, will prevent many crimes in our city.
Visit http://nnwi.org/ for supplies and information regarding Neighborhood Watch.
If you’d like a handout containing useful information about neighborhood watch, click here: http://www.losbanos.org/?p=16051/ The Department would be happy to mail you copies of the document as well. In order to request copies of the document or to learn more about Los Banos Neighborhood Watch, contact:
Los Banos Police Department
945 – 5th Street
Los Banos, CA 93635
What is Neighborhood Watch?
The Neighborhood Watch Program was developed to bring together Law Enforcement teams and private citizens in a cooperative effort working together for the betterment of all our citizens. Much of the work is done by the committee chair people and the Community Service Officers who are involved with the program. This is simply a program of neighbors watching out for each other. It is designed to enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the police to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.
The specific and primary purposes of the Los Banos Police and Neighborhood Watch Association is:
- To become acquainted with your neighbors.
- To work together to identify and solve problems in your area of our community.
- To help the police by being aware of and reporting any unusual activities as they occur.
- To report “abnormal” activity in your neighborhood.
- To implement crime prevention techniques to enhance home security.
- Not to apprehend suspects, leave that to the police. It is putting neighbors back into neighborhoods.
- To facilitate, maintain and improve communications between the citizens of Los Banos and the Los Banos Police Department by establishing and maintaining a liaison with the Los Banos Police Department and exchanging information on crime and crime prevention.
- To advance crime prevention concepts in the community by educating the public in the application of physical crime prevention techniques.
- To encourage participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program.
- To encourage citizen participation in all aspects of crime prevention through media exposure and personal appearances.
- To work together for the betterment of living conditions for all residents of Los Banos through participation in anti-crime and community services activities.
How Does Neighborhood Watch Work?
Neighborhood Watch works by having you and your neighbors use simple techniques to deter, delay and detect crime, and improve the quality of life for the neighborhood.
Being aware of criminal activity can help in keeping your neighborhood safe. Promptly reporting all criminal or suspicious activity to -911-, or the regular Los Banos P.D. phone number at 209-827-7070, helps the police to assist you in promoting a safe and healthy neighborhood.
Starting A Neighborhood Watch
- Canvas your neighborhood for interest.
- Try to involve neighbors from the streets adjacent to yours.
- Ask about convenient times to schedule your initial Neighborhood Watch meeting.
Please Remember Neighborhood Watch:
- Neighborhood Watch does not require frequent meetings.
- It does not ask that anyone take personal risk to prevent crime.
- Neighborhood Watch leaves the responsibility for apprehending criminals where it belongs, with the police department.
For additional information about burglary prevention, Neighborhood Watch, and other crime prevention measures, call the Los Banos Police 209-827-7070.