Presentation on theme: "Deborah Greer West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)"— Presentation transcript:
Deborah Greer West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN)
“…the number of delinquents of these ages increased 200 percent” “…a sad commentary on the lack of results that have been achieved as a result of all the efforts of public and private agencies…” Seattle Times, May 29, 1960
1968 Crime Prevention Conference “…the conference’s broad base reflects the growing realization that crime control will require a multi-faceted effort by almost every citizen.” Seattle Times, April 4, 1968
“Stop Crime; Get Involved — You may be next!” 20 page illustrated pamphlet with checklist Seattle Times, April 3, 1970
“ We were about the second in the nation to start the program…” “It is recognized nationally as one of the most innovative burglary prevention plans.” Seattle Times, September 5, 1977
“…participating households have experienced up to a 61% decrease in residential burglaries.” Seattle Times, May 5, 1980
Block Watch campaign poster May 5, 1983
What is Block Watch? Block Watch is all about neighbors helping neighbors. Participants watch out for each others' homes and report suspicious activities to the police and to each other. One or two residents are designated as Block Captain / Co-Captain and function as the liaison between residents and the Police Department. Residents form a communication chain aided by a block map of names, addresses and phone numbers.
What is Block Watch NOT? The Block Watch program is not intended to form citizen crime watch patrols or vigilante groups. Participants are not asked do the police work; simply to report suspicious or criminal behavior to the police. Participants are not required to tell your neighbors every aspect of your business or become best friends.
How does Block Watch typically work? Block Watch members provide their contact information so it can be shared among members. A Block Watch map, an list or phone tree are created and maintained by the Captain or Co-Captain. Participants report suspicious behavior to police or (911) and report the incident to the Captain. The Captain s the Block Watch to be on the alert. The neighborhood works together on problem situations, nuisance houses and any other issues they care about. Many groups participate in annual Night Out activities or other social events.
It’s Not Your Parents’ Block Watch Technology has made it much more efficient and effective. Many groups have Co-Captains to share the work. Groups choose how to organize and communicate. In most areas, the Block Watch program has evolved to include not only crime prevention but also emergency preparedness and community building. Many groups map their neighborhood to show location of utilities residents, pets or children who may need special assistance resources such as ladders, generators or other tools.
West Seattle Block Watch Captains’ Network (WSBWCN) Organizing area Block Watch groups together for greater effectiveness Natural stepping stone to include neighborhood preparedness and promote community. Including more than just crime prevention increases the sustainability and participation in the neighborhood watch. Soon to be expanded! Seattle Block Watch Network to add more Seattle communities.
BW can be a great foundation for emergency preparedness! You already know each other; communication channels are established and ready to use Knowledge of neighborhood exists: Resources and skills are already known. Specialty resources can be pooled and shared (not everyone needs to own a generator or chainsaw). Typical hazards can be pre-identified; gas shutoffs can be mapped, etc. Vulnerabilities can be addressed before a disaster.