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Block Watch

STEPS TO STARTing A BLOCK WATCH

1. Email your Vancouver address to the
Block Watch Coordinator
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1. (a) If there is an established Block Watch to join, your query will be sent to the Captain, who will contact you to get involved with their team.


1. (b) If there is NOT a Block Watch to join, you will receive an email for you and/or a neighbour to get a Block Watch started. See the steps below to learn about the duties of the Captain and Co-Captain, and steps to activate a team.

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2. Select a Block Captain and Co-Captain, and Submit Applications: The Captain is the primary liaison between the VPD and their Block Watch team. Both the Captain and Co-Captain complete an application and are then contacted for a 15-minute telephone suitability interview. Successful candidates will receive an email authorization to complete a free Police Information Check, that is done in person at the VPD.

Captain / Co-Captain Responsiblities

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3. Online Self-Directed Block Watch Orientation Session and Start-Up Supplies: Once you submit your completed Police Information Check document to the Block Watch office we will contact you to discuss your start up supplies and email you a link to a short, online self-directed orientation session to be completed on your own time. 

You will be provided a template to start gathering your neighbours’ names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers to use as a communication chain for your team. You will use this contact information to share alerts about suspicious or criminal activity to inform everyone promptly about what is happening in the area.

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4. Zoom Captain / Co-Captain Training: You will be registered for a live Zoom Captain/Co-Captain team training session with the Block Watch Constable, Stephanie Cullingworth.

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5. Site Security Assessment: Being attentive to Covid-19 safety precautions, wearing masks and social distancing, Cst. Cullingworth will attend your neighbourhood or complex to meet outside with the Captain and Co-Captain to discuss current crime concerns, make security improvement recommendations, and identify Block Watch street sign locations. This will be followed by an email summary to be shared with your team, with an optional activity to encourage engagement with the information shared. 

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6. Zoom Team Training:
Captains/Co-Captains are provided dates that they can register members of their team for live Zoom Block Watch training. 


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7. Block Watch Street Signs:
Qualify for your Block Watch signs by completing the site security assessment, registering interested members of your group for Zoom team training, and submitting your list of participating households.



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

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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