The mission of Neighborhood Watch is to support safety and security efforts for all Rancho Bernardo residents. It is all about Neighbors Helping Neighbors Live Safe and Secure.
WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH?
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in your area. In it you will get to know and work with your neighbors, and learn how to:
- Recognize and report crimes, and suspicious activities,
- Protect yourself, your family, and your property,
- Protect your neighbor’s family and property, and
- Identify crime and disorder problems in your area and work with SDPD personnel to solve them.
Not only does the NHW Program encourage citizens to help in the fight against crime, the organization provides an opportunity for communities to bond through service.
Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) created the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement. Since then, Neighborhood Watch has become one of the most effective means of fighting crime in our communities. This is because you and your neighbors are often the ones who are the first to see a crime and call for help. You are in the best position to (1) report code violations, unsafe street conditions, etc. that degrade the quality of life in your area, (2) take property owners to small claims court to abate nuisance, (3) keep your block clean and free of graffiti, and (4) provide a safe environment for children.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, strengthening and securing communities has become more critical than ever. Neighborhood Watch programs have responded to the challenge, expanding beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response and terrorism awareness. Residents can participate in evacuation drills, seminars and special training sessions.
In 2002, the NSA launched USAon Watch, the face of the revitalized Neighborhood Watch initiative, which represents the expanded role of watch programs throughout the United States . It places a renewed emphasis on emergency preparedness and response. Not only does the NHW Program allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it is also an opportunity for communities to bond through service. Partnership programs in the Citizen Corps includes Fire Corps, VIPS, Medical Reserve Corps, and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The Rancho Bernardo NHW Program is an all-volunteer organization partnering with the San Diego Police Department. The purpose of NHW is to enhance the safety and security of the Rancho Bernardo area by supporting the Block Captains serving the individual neighborhoods.