What Happens at the Meeting?

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH is an opportunity to meet face-to-face with representatives of your police department to discuss and work to solve problems in your community, or to keep the problems from starting in the first place! 

Through this positive, pro-active program, you will learn facts about:

  • Police districts and beats
  • Duties of beat officers
  • Crime trends in your area
  • How to react to suspicious or criminal activity
  • How San Jose's 9-1-1 system works
  • Recommended security measures such as
  1. Types of locks
  2. Lighting
  3. Alarms
  4. Operation Identification
  5. and MUCH More!

Only residents attending the meeting will be entitled to receive a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH window sign and other materials distributed at the meeting.  If 70% of the homes on your block are represented at the meeting, metal NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH signs will be installed on the streetlight poles on your block.  

*All information provided by the San Jose Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit. 

How Can a Meeting Be Arranged?

To request a NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meeting, call Crime Prevention at 408-277-4133 or contact the District 10 Council Office at district10@sanjoseca.gov or call 408-535-4910.  The Crime Prevention Specialist who represents the area in San Jose in which you live will work with you to schedule the meeting date.  Invitation notices will be sent to you to distribute to your neighbors.  

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meetings are held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings at 7:00PM and last approximately 2 hours.  At least TEN homes must be represented in order for the meeting to take place.  Most meetings are held in your home or at a neighborhood facility.  

What is Neighborhood Watch?

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH focuses on informing the community how to discourage, deter, and prevent crimes such as burglary, auto theft, car break-ins, and personal crimes with often occur in or near our homes.  Issues such as vandalism, graffiti, drug dealing, and gang activity are also addressed when applicable.  

The San Jose Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit has provided NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH presentations to neighborhood groups for over 25 years.  Although crime trends change over time, the basic principle behind NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH remains the same, to bring communities together with the police to achieve the common goal of preventing crime.