Why Block Watch?
- Reduces your risk of being a victim of crime.
- Neighbors recognize and report suspicious activity.
- Neighbors identify issues that impact their area.
- Neighbors get to know each other.
- Block Watches partner with local police to prevent crime.
Block Watch is one of the best property crime deterrents available. Studies have shown that active Block Watch programs can reduce property crimes up to 70 percent! Block Watch is a program that encourages neighbors to watch out for one another. It promotes active participation by residents, in partnership with the police, to reduce crime. Block Watch works best when neighbors work together to identify, deter and report crimes. We encourage you to be a good witness rather than actually intervening in in-progress criminal activity. If you are interested in organizing a Block Watch in your area, contact us in Crime Prevention at 928-772-5161.
Initially, a member of the Prescott Valley Police Department's Crime Prevention Division will attend your first meeting. Our Community Services Officer will explain how the program works, and outline your responsibility as neighbors. Crime prevention literature and window signs will be provided to all residents who attend.
Block Watch Captain
At the end of the first meeting, the group will elect a Block Watch captain or leader, who will be the liaison between neighbors and the police department. The captain's responsibilities include:
- Arranging for an annual meeting
- Maintaining a list of all members
- Establishing and distributing a phone list
- Inviting new neighborhood members
- Sharing information sent out by the police department.
After the initial meeting, we will arrange for the Town to put up a Block Watch sign at the entrance and exit to your area. The signs will remain posted as long as your group fulfills the annual meeting requirement, therefore remaining on an active status.
National Night Out
National Night out is one of the premier events for Neighborhood Block Watch. On the first Tuesday each August, Town of Prescott Valley police and staff members encourage Block Watch groups to host an event in their neighborhood. The Mayor, Town Manager, Department Heads, the Police Chief and Officers, and local firefighters spend the evening visiting events, presenting crime prevention tips, and talking with citizens. For more information on National Night Out and an application for a visit to your neighborhood event, see National Night Out 2018.
A District Sergeant oversees each of six Prescott Valley areas. You can contact your district's sergeant to ask about crime statistics, report a trending issue, or express concerns or ideas. See the District Map (PDF) to find your district's sergeant.