Block Watch is a crime prevention program that encourages neighbours to join with other neighbours in reducing the likelihood of residential and property crime in their neighbourhoods. By working together, neighbours meet over a common goal – making their neighbourhoods a safer place to live and play.
Be an active citizen and help to reduce crime in your neighbourhood. Become a Block Watch Member. Crimes such as 'Break and Enters' can be prevented if criminals know that there are watchful neighbours.
Attend a training session facilitated by the City of Kamloops and Kamloops RCMP Block Watch Coordinators.
Provide your contact information to the Block Watch Captain for your Block's list and map.
Look out for and help your neighbours.
Report any suspicious occurrences, vehicles, or persons in your neighbourhood to the police and to other Block Watch Members.
If you become a victim of crime, report it to the police and notify your Block Watch Captain immediately.
Inform the Block Watch Office, your Captain and Co-Captain of any changes to your contact information.
Attend an annual neighbourhood meeting.
The Role of a Block Watch Captain & Co-Captain
Have you noticed any graffiti in your neighbourhood lately? Your fence, public washrooms, on your way to
work, graffiti seems to be everywhere. It's bad for business, it invites other types of crime such
as home break-ins and other forms of vandalism. We need your help.
What you can do
The captain and co-Captain share responsibility of managing the Block Watch Program in their neighbourhood. They serve as the communication link between their Block Watch group and the Block Watch coordinators. The role of captain and co-captain is not time consuming or labour intensive.
Canvass neighbours on your block to see if they are interested in participating in the Block Watch Program.
Update the Block Watch map with current names and phone numbers whenever there is a change.
Receive and distribute information to the Block Watch group.
Create a telephone fan-out (phone tree) so that information can be disseminated throughout the Block Watch in a fast and efficient manner.
Advise the Block Watch Program of any criminal activity which has taken place in your neighbourhood.
Organize an annual Block Watch Meeting with the Block Watch Coordinators.
Bring Block Watch to Your Neighbourhood
Call City of Kamloops Community Safety at 250-571-3862
North Shore Community Policing Office
Kamloops, BC V2B 2W7
To speak to a Crime Prevention Coordinator, call 250-571-3862