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About

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch (also known as Block Watch) is a program designed to reduce the threat of crime to neighbours and property. This program encourages all residents to be alert to suspicious persons or vehicles and to notify each other quickly via web-based tools. The more people that are members, the more neighbours there are looking out for each other.

Neighbourhood Protect

Neighbourhood Protect is a free web-based Neighbourhood Watch tool to administer neighbourhood watches in Canada.

Neighbourhood Protect expands on the idea of neighbourhood watch by joining multiple neighbourhood watches together through one central database. Just as it is beneficial for neighbours to join a neighbourhood watch, it is also beneficial for individual neighbourhood watches to join together to form a larger regional watch since some criminals travel by bike or car and can affect more than one neighbourhood.

Neighbourhood Protect requires very little effort on the part of its members; just look out for each other`s property and report a possible crime and let your immediate neighbours know about your neighbourhood watch. There is no patrolling, big canvassing, time consuming meetings etc. This is to make your life safer and easier, not more complicated.

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Functionality

This website is a tool specific to supporting neighbourhood watch programs by:

For Residents:


For Investigators:

Cities serviced: newcastle; bowmanville; clarington; newcastle; courtice; oshawa; whitby; ajax; pickering; brooklin; port perry; uxbridge; gta; toronto, scarborough; york region, richmond hill, keswick; peel region, mississauga, oakville, hamilton, vancouver, calgary, edmonton, regina

Local Police News
Police Neighbourhood Watch Training Videos

Neighbourhood watch training videos on what to do and how to better protect yourself.

Training Video - Part I
Training Video - Part II
Training Video - Part III
Training Video - Part IV

Forming A Neighbourhood Watch - Formal Or Informal

A formal neighbourhood watch involves contacting your local police liason officer, acquiring pamphlets and canvasing your neighbours. Once you have about 50%-80% of residents signed up, then your police service will recognize your group as a neighbourhood watch. What if you cannot get at least 50% signed up but you would still like a neighbourhood watch? Perhaps an informal watch will work for you.

An informal neighbourhood watch is just one where concerned neighbours have gotten together but do not have enough members for their local police to recognize them. With the internet and websites like this one, it is much easier today for any number of neighbours to get together and form a neighbourhood watch. Over time, this could even grow to meet the requirements of the police.

It is easier and perhaps quicker to start an informal neighbourhood watch as less members are required and if it becomes popular enough then it may grow into a formal watch. The long term desire would be to have a formal watch but with modern technology it is now easier for neighbours to communicate with each other with or without the help of the police. The need for a neighbourhood captain to communicate crime trends is no longer required with neighbours keeping each other informed electronically as well as most police services post crime bulletins on either their website and/or RSS feeds and/or twitter.

In some rare cases neighbours might not be able to form a formal watch despite wanting to because crime rates are flat and the police do not think it would be worth the effort, expense or other resources. This situation occurred in 2015 for residents Brian and Anyes Busby of St Marys in Perth County. The original news article from ourperth.ca was lost when it was taken over by stratfordbeaconherald.com.

In another instance, The Hampton Community Association of the Village of Hampton ON struggled to get 51% sign-up to form a formal watch (ie. News Article). They had a follow-up meeting Nov. 30, 2017 but nothing appears to have come from that. One resident had commented that he missed the meeting due to working late. This is one of the drawbacks to a traditional watch where physical meetings are required instead of just doing everything through a website specific to that task.

Safety Tips

See the following safety page for safety tips.

Police On-line Crime Reporting Forms

If you see a crime-in-progress, phone 9-1-1. If you discover a crime and the criminal is likely long gone you could use your police service's online crime reporting forms to make a report. No crime is too small, report everything.

Calgary Police Service

Durham Regional Police Service

Fredericton Police Force

Halton Regional Police Service

Halifax Regional Police Service

Hamilton Police Service

Ontario Provincial Police

Ottawa Police Service

Peel Regional Police Service

Regina Police Service

Toronto Police Service

Vancouver Police Department

Waterloo Regional Police Service

York Regional Police Service

Crime Stoppers

If you see a crime-in-progress, phone 9-1-1. If you suspect criminal activity (ie. drug dealing, prostitution, etc.) in your neighbourhood and wish to report it anonymously then you can use Crime Stoppers. No crime is too small, report everything.

Instructions

  1. Click on the link below
  2. On their website, click the red Submit A Tip button if on the home page
  3. If on their Tips page, click on By Webtip the grey button to the right
  4. Click on the https://www.tipsubmit.com/ link
  5. Select your country, province, city and police service
  6. Fill in the online form
Crime Stoppers
Or
Direct link to submission form

Disclaimer/Privacy

Information collected on this website is for the purpose of administrating neighbourhood watches and may be shared with police services to assist in their investigations. Personal contact information will not be shared with any non-police organizations. General aggregate information may be used to provide stats to public organizations.

There is a variety of hardware such as web hosting, communication lines and power generation that could potentially affect the availability of this website that goes beyond the control of the administrator. As such, there is only up to a 99% guarantee of uptime.

Contact

Questions/comments can be directed to admin@neighbourhoodprotect.ca. If you live outside of Canada and would like this tool for your area send an email to discuss.


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