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.
Block Watch is a program where neighbours watch out for neighbours by discouraging and preventing crime at the local level. The ultimate success of Block Watch depends largely on a commitment to cooperate between area residents, the RCMP - and more importantly, between residents themselves; it also helps to promote community awareness and community pride.
Block Watch benefits the community in many ways. It fosters a sense of community when neighbors get to know each other. Information provided to participants provides an opportunity to learn about crime prevention methods and publicizes crime statistics keeping people informed on a timely basis.
Block Watch does not require a lot of time and is easy to organize. What Is required of volunteers? All Captains and Co-Captains complete an RCMP application form and pass a criminal record check. Captains and Co-Captains are provided with a short training session and then collect names, addresses, phone number and e-mails of those in their block wishing to participate. Captains can then organize block parties once a year and all participants are invited to a community-wide training.
Thank you to the many people that have signed up recently and to those that have been in the program for a long time. There are still a number of blocks that require Captains and Co-Captains. To get involved, please contact Lions Bay Block Watch Coordinator Ruth Simons
Please mark Sunday May 26th on your calendars now. More updates can be obtained here or through the Art Council website: Link to Lions Bay Art Council website