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Block Watch

block watch logoBlock Watch is all about neighbours helping neighbours. Households, apartments or condominiums on a block form a communication chain aided by a map of names, telephone numbers and addresses. Participants watch out for each others' homes and report suspicious activities to the police and each other. This communication is crucial in reducing the likelihood of residential crime.

Block Watch History

The Block Watch program was initiated in Seattle in 1974, with participating homes seeing a decrease in residential break-ins of between 48-62%. Surrey was the first municipality in B.C. to start a Block Watch program, which has now spread the length of the Lower Mainland and through several communities across the Province.


Chief Adam Palmer encourages you to learn more about
the Vancouver Block Watch Program.

Block Watch in Vancouver

The Vancouver Block Watch program started in 1989, and is managed and maintained by a civilian coordinator and a police officer.

In 2009, Block Watch celebrated its 20th year as a VPD community-based crime prevention program. The program currently has over 600 participating groups, including 1,100 captains and co-captains, monitoring the individual neighbourhood Block Watch programs. Including all of the participating households that each team has recruited, that's an additional 15,600 extra pairs of trained eyes and ears reporting suspicious activity!

Why Join or Start a Block Watch Team?

  • direct access to a police officer to assist with your neighbourhood crime and nuisance issues
  • opportunity to invite a police officer to do a security assessment walk-about in your neighbourhood and/or complex
  • participate in specialized training to recognize the profile, body language and other identifiers that enable you to confidently identify and report suspicious behaviour to police
  • learn what a property crime thief will say to you if they have just scoped your home or condo and what to do when they leave
  • learn techniques to make your house, condo or townhouse less noticeable to a property crime thief
  • receive weekly crime statistics detailing property crime incidents by block, and weekly crime hot spots, that will indicate dates and times so you know what is happening in your neighbourhood


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Want to Start a Block Watch?

If you're interested in starting a Block Watch in your neighbourhood, here's where to start.


Check out the Block Watch Society of BC quarterly newsletter for tips on crime prevention.

How Do They Do It?

Watch how property crime thieves break into your home:

Contact the VPD Block Watch Team

Block Watch Constable Romi Mattu and Coordinator Leah Marlay

Contact Block Watch Constable Romi Mattu or Block Watch Coordinator Leah Marlay at:

Tel: (604) 717-2857
Email: blockwatch@vpd.ca
Fax: (604) 717-2888

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2120 Cambie Street
Vancouver, B.C.
V5Z 4N6

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