How To Start A
in Your Bridgeport Neighborhood
Watch is a neighborhood based crime prevention program designed
to reduce crime in residential areas. The Bridgeport Police
promote the program and assist any community residents who want
to start a Block Watch in their neighborhood. It is one of the
best ways to involve citizens in preventing crime. Citizens
become involved by watching their neighborhoods and reporting
suspicious activities. Block watches are organized and
individualized for various neighborhoods. These watches can be
effectively used for apartment buildings, businesses, or single-
and multi-family neighborhoods. Most block watch programs do not
involve any kind of patrol.
Watch is a neighbors-helping-neighbors program which takes very
little time, and no money. The concept is simple: neighbors
actively keep watch for suspicious activity and crime on their
street and always report everything to the police and also to
their block watch coordinator. The coordinator then alerts all
the registered block watchers so they can be aware of crime
your neighbors if they want to start a Block Watch. Organize a
core group of at least five people in your neighborhood. Decide
how large you want your Block Watch neighborhood to be. The
decision is yours: 5 blocks, 10 blocks, your whole neighborhood
area. You can always expand later.
the initial meeting, where and what night of the week is best
for your neighbors to meet to learn about Block Watch
techniques. Set up an agenda and an action plan.
Contact the Community Services Division
of the Bridgeport Police Department, 203-576-8278,
stating you want to start a Block
Watch. Tell him the number of people involved & the tentative
place, date and time of your first meeting. A police officer
will come to your meeting and assist you in formulating your
block watch. They will discuss the principles of Block Watch,
and crime watch techniques.
your initial meeting, set the date for your next meeting.
Monthly meetings are a good idea. The police department will
send a representative who knows your area to attend your
meetings so that you can continue to discuss concerns. It is
often a good idea to set-aside a portion of your meeting without
police representation so that you can discuss internal concerns
your block watch: develop a flyer and go door to door or contact
neighbors by email or social media. Determine the method for
block watch notifications, email, phone, social media, etc.
6. Get to
know your neighbors. At least once per year have a neighborhood
get together and meeting. It could be a pot-luck with
an open forum to discuss crime concerns. A Community Services
officer can provide a Home Security presentation to the group on ways to
improve security and give out information.
information about the Neighborhood Block Watch Program in
Bridgeport, call the Community Services Division of the
Bridgeport Police Dept. at 203-576-8278. For more information
about crime and safety in Bridgeport,