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Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch programs are one of the most effective crime prevention programs in the nation. It brings citizens and law enforcement together to deter crime and make our communities safer.

Neighborhood Watch enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in our communities. 

In Neighborhood Watch 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.

How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Group

The San Diego Police Department is available to help those who are interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch group or put you in touch with an established group in your area.  For more information, please contact the Community Relations Officer where you live. A list of Community Relations Officers can be found here.

Neighborhood Watch Sign Application

Neighborhood Watch signs are a visual deterrent to criminal activity. The City of San Diego, via the San Diego Police Department, would like to provide active Neighborhood Watch groups, whether established or newly formed, an opportunity to supplement signs in your neighborhood. To request Neighborhood Watch signs in your neighborhood, click PDF icon here for more information. The completed application can be emailed or delivered to your Community Relations Officer.

**Please note- Neighborhood Watch groups are free to buy signs from any company and do not need SDPD’s authorization to do so**

Signs can be installed with permission on private property with perforated metal tape, on City street light poles, or at least 7 feet above the grade level on City street signs. They cannot be installed on any traffic control sign, wooden telephone poles, street lights where service personnel need access, or City tree.  After installation, the exposed threads should be crimped to prevent theft of the sign.

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