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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 administration and communication tool for 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.
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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.

Real Life Success Story

Recently a neighbour reported a break & enter in the evening after coming home from work. They do not have security cameras. Due to the late hour of the police investigation, they did not canvas the neighbours. The Neighbourhood Watch was notified and ones with cameras checked their video. Video clearly showed 3 perpetrators and their vehicle and arrests are imminent. Without neighbourhood watch, this video would never have been acquired and the crime may have gone unsolved. Also, some people work shift-work or have to drive their kids to events that would prevent them from being home during a police canvas, therefore a neighbourhood watch is the only way to get the word out to everyone quickly. Neighbourhood Protect`s email/text message service makes that communication instantaneous.

Houses vs Apartments/Condos

House owners would benefit most from neighbhourhood watch. They can install security cameras, share images, and likely other house owners in the area could be affected by the same perpetrator. Apartment/condo residents do not have their own security cameras; that is usually handled by the building management, and they typically do not share video images with tenants. It would be best for building management to join. If you live in an area with higher street crimes such as robberies, firearms and drugs, then being part of a neighbourhood watch could still be beneficial. Smartphone photos can still be uploaded and shared.

Crime Videos Of Interest

Two different groups of perpetrators enter cars in same neighbourhood at different times the same night.
Perpetrator entering cars came by car and could live anywhere.

Functionality

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

For Residents:


For Investigators:

Often crimes occur despite our best efforts to prevent them. Helping solve these crimes then becomes one of the main priorities to neighbourhood watch. Social media is just a large collection of blobs of text that must be manually searched through by investigators, making it potentially difficult for investigators and increasing the possibility of missing something important. Neighbourhood Protect has actual search tools for investigators to quickly and easily search for specific information and across many neighbourhoods, cities and regions thereby increasing the likelihood of solving a crime.

Note: This is not your police service`s official crime reporting tool. To report a crime, you must always contact your police service directly through one of their official contacts such as 9-1-1, or their non-emergency phone# or if they have on-line reporting, on their website. Neighbourhood Protect is strictly a search tool that the police can optionally use to help in their investigations; there is no guarantee that they will use this website for every crime reported.

What Size Should A Neighbourhood Watch Be?

Regardless of which NW scheme you choose, boundary size should still be the same. The ideal size is the area that you would walk if you were to physically canvas your neighbours to join. This would be somewhere around 100 to 200 houses. This is a suggestion only.

Why is NW size so important?

Also, specific to Neighbourhood Protect:

What Is Expected Of A Member?

Every member:

Optionally, proactive members:

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

Improving Neighbourhood Watch Through Automation