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Block Watch

SIX STEPS TO STARTing A BLOCK WATCH

1. Select a Block Captain and Co-Captain. The Captain is the primary VPD contact for a Block Watch group. Suitable candidates complete a telephone interview and a free Police Information Check. Captain / Co-Captain Responsiblities

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2. Get Block Watch coverage approval and apply by emailing your address to BlockWatch@vpd.ca.

  • mail / drop off: 2120 Cambie Street, Vancouver V6R 1S5
  • email: scan and send to blockwatch@vpd.ca

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3. Receive your start-up supplies. Gather participants' email addresses and phone numbers to use as a communication chain between members. You will share alerts about suspicious or criminal activity to inform everyone promptly what is happening in the area.

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4. Captains and Co-Captains complete a Police Information Check and leader training session on the same Saturday, held at the VPD, 2120 Cambie Street, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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5. Arrange your first annual Block Watch group meeting in your neighbourhood or complex on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, following the Captain / Co-Captain training session.

The Block Watch Investigations and Training Officer will come with Block Watch supplies and will train your group. The meeting will give you a chance to get to know your neighbours and learn how to identify suspects and best police reporting skills, receive tips to target-harden your residence or complex, discuss common neighbourhood concerns, set up your communication chain, and ask the officer any questions you may have.

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6. The activation process
begins when you submit a Block Watch Participating Household List of your group and hold your first meeting. You will then receive your Block Watch street signs.

Block Watch

Questions?
Call 604-717-2857
Email: BlockWatch@vpd.ca

 

Join or Start a Block Watch

To join or start a Block Watch in your neighbourhood or complex, please contact Leah Marlay with the mailing address of the proposed Block Watch:

  • email or
  • call (604) 717-2857

Next Training Dates

New Block Watch Start-Up Kits

Start-up kits can be mailed or picked up.

Contents include:

  • steps to activate the Block Watch
  • two Captain/Co-Captain applications
  • one block profile (Block Watch area coverage)
  • ten invitations for your neighbours
  • ten Block Watch brochures
  • sample weekly crime statistics
  • sample 30-day residential break-and-enter map

At your request, kits can be customized to include multilingual materials or additional supplies.

We look forward to working with you!

Krenz on Crime

 

Watch former Block Watch Cst. Dave Krenz talk about why you should start a Block Watch in your neighbourhood.

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