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1. 4/4/15 1 2. 4/4/15 2 How Safe is Saratoga? Safest city in California Safest city in California 2013 (at least 20,000 residents) Visit to see the complete list 2nd Safest city in California 2014 Safety is a priority October 26, 2014 Crime Safety Forum Today April 4th, 2015 How to form a neighborhood Safety Watch Crime Prevention Forum, at Saratoga Senior Center, Saunders Room on May 19th 6pm to 9pm Saratoga Neighborhood Associations meeting at the Senior Center | Saunders Room June 3rd 5:30 p.m. Captain Rick Sung will join Increase in citys budget for security 12% increase in budget for public safety in 2014 One more sheriff / 1800 hours more 3. 4/4/15 3 4. 4/4/15 4 5. 4/4/15 5 6. 4/4/15 6 7. 4/4/15 7 8. City of Saratoga Crime report Click here weekly_activity_summary.asp Read Saratoga News The crime report is typically a week to two weeks old 4/4/15 8 Keep up with the latest crime in Saratoga 9. 4/4/15 9 10. 4/4/15 10 Objective: Neighborhood Safety Watch (NSW) Bridges of cooperation instead of walls of isolation Criminals know today that they can move through bay area neighborhoods, unrestricted, committing crime with impunity. An effective Neighborhood Safety Watch program provides an important deterrent What can this program do for you? Watch out for each other Report all suspicious persons and activities in our neighborhood to the police. give law enforcement probable cause to approach those individuals and ask them their business. Partner with law enforcement, and empower ourselves to protect our neighborhood Overcome our fears. Protect our kids 11. 4/4/15 11 Citizens empowering our own safety Safe Saratoga Forum a neighborhood group Our city has adopted Nextdoor. Subscribe at As of April 2015, 2000+ neighbors are on it Signup at (it is free) Engage in a dialogue with Saratogans, keep up with the latest Safety Tips How to Form a Neighborhood Safety Watch 12. 4/4/15 12 Use case: Success in a neighborhood Did our neighborhood know each other? Neighborhood Safety Watch is a good first step to bringing the neighborhood together 13. 4/4/15 13 Establish a focus Area to establish your Neighborhood Safety Watch (contain the boundary) 14. As a result of the Neighborhood Safety Watch Program we will have Neighborhood Watch signs entry points of the neighborhood. 15. Step1: Identify Neighborhood Watch Coordinator If you are thinking of running a program for your neighborhood, you are the natural lead or the designated coordinator Role of the Neighborhood Watch Lead A Notify all residents in your neighborhood in writing (flyer) concerning establishing a Neighborhood Watch program. B. Get as many residents in area (40% recommended) to attend the meeting. C.Secure a meeting place (library, church, school, etc.). D. Act as liaison with the police department and disseminate any information which may lead to the solution of a crime. E. Identify block captains, structure the collection of information F. Schedule periodic meetings with block captains / residents as needed 16. 4/4/15 17 Responsibilities of Neighborhood Safety Coordinators Setup and governance of Neighborhood Safety Watch Liaison with city of Saratoga. Act as law enforcement liaison that informs their group about law breaking activities that have occurred in the neighborhood. Oversees the distribution of materials and information to the Block Captains, who in turn inform the homes in their group. This chain of command reduces duplication and promotes efficiency and discipline; Maintain Master record: Database, work and home phone numbers, addresses, names and ages of people in the households as Emergency personnel (911) may need this information; 17. 4/4/15 18 Neighborhood Safety Watch Coordinator Name Phone Address Email 18. Step2: Propose the Neighborhood Watch program to your neighbors Form a small planning committee of neighbors to discuss needs, the level of interest, possible challenges, and the Watch concept. Hold an initial meeting to gauge neighbors' interest; establish purpose of program; and begin to identify issues that need to be addressed. Stress that a Watch group is an association of neighbors who look out for each other's families and property, alert the police to any suspicious activities or crime in progress, and work together to make their community a safer and better place to live. 4/4/15 19 19. Step 3: Divide your neighborhood into zones Divide your neighborhood into various zones (as needed) and Identify block captions for each zone. Zones are based upon a cluster of homes that are close to each other and can easily keep an eye over each other Ask for block captain volunteers who are responsible for relaying information to members on their block, keeping up-to-date information on residents, and making special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people. Block captains also can serve as liaisons between the neighborhood and the police and communicate information about meetings and crime incidents to all residents. 20. 4/4/15 21 Block Captains - Trusted, decisive, pro-active individuals. ZONE Name Phone Address Email 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 21. Role of a Block Captain A Personally visit each dwelling unit in the block, distribute invitations announcing the meeting, and encourage neighbors to participate. B. Act as a base station for Operation Identification. This way neighbors can obtain Operation Identification materials from their Block Captains. The goal 100% participation is essential and the Block Captains is encouraged to personally contact those neighbors who have not participated. C.Act as liaison between the Coordinator and the Block Watcher, and disseminate any information which may lead to the solution of a crime. D.Distribute crime prevention materials to residents who were unable to attend the meeting. E.Act as an information base for residents when they leave for vacation or any time their home will be empty for a period of time. Find out who has a key (you are not responsible to keep a key unless you choose to), where they are going, and how they can be reached in case of emergency. F.If there is an incident, remind the Block Watchers to report it to the police department first. Then, when they have time, call their Block Captain, who in turn will report it to the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator4/4/15 22 22. To Dos for the Block Captain Compile a zone directory and distribute it to neighbors within that zone. Work with neighbors within your zone and derive an informal structure to watch out for each others property (example - setup an email alias, provide the email list to the other neighbors) Inform the zone (via phone or email) about law breaking activities that have occurred in the neighborhood. Be cognizant of your zone neighbors away on vacation. (Neighbors to inform the block captain of upcoming vacations by phone /email). Identify a backup Compile a phone / email tree. Work with their zone homes and derive an informal structure to watch out for each others property; Maintain an emergency information and phone numbers (that may not be available to others in that group) Inform the zone about law breaking activities that have occurred in the neighborhood. NOTE: Need to get assent from home owner to see if their contact is shareable 4/4/15 23 23. Step 4: Coordinator Organizes a Block Captain meeting Schedule a separate meeting with only your block captions, explain to them the purpose and the steps. Get to know each other, explain the framework of communication See if the current block captain can recruit others to fill the gaps (if any) Pass on the block caption relevant docs that are contained here 24. Step 5: Schedule a neighborhood meeting Schedule a meeting at a location like Saratoga library working with the Sheriff's office to lock a date. Invite the neighborhood, sheriffs office, distribute flyers, post meeting notices, walk door to door letting folks know. The Sheriff's office will be there to observe quorum and neighborhood participation and interest. At this meeting, you should walk through the Neighborhood Watch program, introduce the block caption and run through the schematics and benefit of the neighborhood watch program. Lead should emphasize that they only ask neighbors to be alert, observant, and caringand to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police. This meeting is the ideal place to walk through a safety best practices and educate your neighbors. The sheriff's office will willingly do it. You may present it to your neighbors also - 25. Introduce the Block Captain - Explain the role at this neighborhood meeting The block captions should be introduced. They should solicit information from their specific neighbors and put together the zone specific database, that would be available to each member of that zone. Prepare a neighborhood map showing names,addresses, and phone numbers of participating households and distribute to members. Block captains keep this map up to date, contacting newcomers to the neighborhood and rechecking occasionally with ongoing participants. This link below is relevant for block captains 26. Block Captain communicates the plan for their zone A Act as eyes and ears for your neighbors and report any suspicious activity. B.Study crime prevention material supplied by block captain C.Check homes of