Block Watch

Block Watch

Block Watch is a community-based, crime prevention program where neighbours make a commitment to watch out for each other’s homes and report suspicious activities to the police. 

How Does Block Watch Work?

Residents from a Block Watch neighbourhood elect an area Captain or Co-Captains.  Area Captains collaborate with the Central Saanich Police Service Block Watch Coordinator to:

  • Train participants on residential crime prevention techniques and effective reporting of criminal and suspicious behaviour.
  • Establish a channel of communication between participants and the police to encourage the sharing of information about crime in the community
  • Provide standardized signage for residences or neighbourhoods indicating to potential offenders that the neighbourhood is committed to vigilant surveillance.
  • Incorporate other crime prevention activities in addition to the crime prevention group.

What are the benefits of Block Watch?

  • Increase crime awareness and the reporting of suspicious behaviour
  • Increase cohesiveness, community spirit and a general feeling of safety
  • Crime prevention tips on how to better protect your home
  • In most cases, a general reduction in crime
  • Possible discount offered on home insurance premiums
  • Information on how to mark personal property
  • Protective window decals
  • Access to current crime statistics

If you are interested in learning more about the Central Saanich Police Block Watch, please contact us at 250.652.4441.  For more information visit the Block Watch BC website.