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Block Watch FAQs

Q. What is the Block Watch program?

Block Watch is a free community program operated by the Vancouver Police Department Block Watch office.

The Vancouver Police Department will implement, co-ordinate and monitor an effective Block Watch program in the City of Vancouver. Citizens in the community are responsible for organizing, operating and maintaining the Block Watch program in their neighbourhoods.
What are the goals of the Block Watch program?

  • For the community to become actively involved in crime prevention in their community.
  • Reduction in crime in the community.
  • Increase in the community reporting suspicious activities to Police.
  • Promote community awareness and community pride.

Q. How does the Block Watch program work?

Block Watch operates on the idea that the Police cannot be everywhere at once. The Police require the assistance of the community to effectively prevent, reduce and investigate crime in the community. The Police need citizens to be active in crime prevention by identifying and reporting all suspicious activities in their community.

Block Watch can only be successful if a majority of the community are actively involved. The more people who are involved with Block Watch the more successful the program.

Q. How long do I need to be involved with Block Watch?

Your block can be involved for as long as you meet all the requirements. The Block Watch program is monitored by the Vancouver Police Department Block Watch office. Any blocks not taking the necessary steps required to keep your Block Watch active will have the program ended in their block and their signs removed. Read Start a Block Watch for all the details.

Q. How do I become involved in the Block Watch program?

Read more about Start a Block Watch.

Q. Who fills out the Captain and Co-Captain application forms?

Only those people who are becoming Captains and Co-Captains need to fill out these application forms. Participants do not need to fill out the application forms. Read more Information for Captains.

Q. What if there are no changes to our block, Do I still need to send in a Block map?

Yes. Each calendar year you must send in an updated block map to the Block Watch office. Even if your block map has no changes you must send in your block map annually. By sending in your block map annually you keep your Block Watch program active.

Q. How do I add new neighours to our Block Watch program?

Just add the new neighbours with their contact information to the map and send it to the Block Watch office at:

Vancouver Police Department
Block Watch Program
2120 Cambie Street,
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 4N6

or Fax to (604) 665-3952

Q. What happens when a Captain or Co-Captain moves or resigns?

Contact the Block Watch office. The remaining participants must find a new Captain or Co-Captain.

The new person must then fill out an application form and go through the training before they can be involved in the Block Watch program.

Q. What happens if our block is considered inactive?

The Block Watch program has specific requirements. If your block does not fulfil these requirements your Block Watch signs will be removed and your block will no longer be involved in the program.

Q. How do I request a police officer to attend our neighbourhood meeting?

You must request a police officer to attend your neighbourhood meeting through the Block Watch office at (604) 717-2884. See Neighbourhood Meeting section for details.

Other FAQs

See the VPD's list of general frequently asked questions (FAQs).

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