Neighborhood Watch

"Concerned Neighbors Can Prevent Crime!"

When neighbors work together with the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD), it creates the best crime fighting team around. The GVPD cannot have an officer on every corner, so involvement from residents is essential in preventing crime. Be a good neighbor and make our community safer from criminals by participating in Neighborhood Watch.

Neighborhood Watch Handbook

Neighborhood Watch Handbook

What is Neighborhood Watch?

Started in 1972 by the National Sheriff’s Organization, Neighborhood Watch is the cornerstone of all crime prevention programs. It enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation with police, to reduce crimes in the community.

Education

Neighborhood Watch is a critical communications tool for our community. It helps the GVPD inform you about crime in Golden Valley and how criminals are operating. There are many misconceptions, often supported by stories from other parts of the country, about how criminals operate. Neighborhood Watch educates you about local crime trends and criminals.

The more you know about crime, the better you’ll be able to recognize suspicious activity in your neighborhood and report it by calling 911. That gives police the opportunity to check out what may or may not be a crime and perhaps prevent a criminal from making another victim in our community. .

Cooperation

Neighborhood Watch also gives the GVPD the opportunity to answer your questions and learn about your concerns so we may serve you better.

Neighborhood Watch window stickers and street signs warn criminals that they are in an active Neighborhood Watch area and that neighbors are watching out for each other and will call the police.

Starting a Neighborhood Watch

To begin, work with the GVPD to arrange an introduction meeting between neighbors and the GVPD. The GVPD will talk about crime in Golden Valley, how local criminals operate, what to recognize as suspicious, how to use 911, how to protect yourself and your home, and what a difference Neighborhood Watch can make.

Benefits to Neighborhood Watch

The GVPD keeps Watch members informed about crime and trends that may affect the community.

Once the GVPD receives a copy of your block map, Neighborhood Watch street signs will be posted in your neighborhood. Provided by the Golden Valley Crime Prevention Fund, these signs warn criminals that your Neighborhood Watch group immediately reports all suspicious activity and communicates with the police. 

All Neighborhood Watch members also receive the Neighborhood WatchBlog e- newsletter, which provides information about safety and security issues, prevention programs, and available resources.

Maintaining Neighborhood Watch

For this program to continue to grow and benefit the community, help from residents is needed. We ask that you and your neighbors attend one or both of the annual meetings with the GVPD (see meeting dates below) and have one social gathering each year. You and your neighbors can choose your own social gathering—the idea is to get the neighbors together. (Many groups use their Minnesota's Night To Unite celebrations as a social gathering.)

For Neighborhood Watch groups to maintain active status, it’s important that they:

  • have a block captain or co-captains
  • welcome new neighbors (block captains) and provide them with resources (Neighborhood Watch Manual and block map)
  • hold at least one neighborhood gathering each year (ie, block party, Night to Unite, etc)
  • have an up-to-date block map with the information neighbors want to share (names/children’s names/pets/email/phone)
  • have Neighborhood Watch signs posted on their streets (contact the Crime Prevention Unit for signs)
  • encourage neighbors to sign up to receive the WatchBlog and crime alerts
  • develop a way to communicate within their neighborhoods (start an e-group on google/yahoo/Nextdoor.com, develop a phone tree to advise neighbors of any issues in the neighborhood, etc)
  • share information with neighbors that may not have email/Internet

Block Captain Responsibilities

Neighborhood Watch block captains are responsible for keeping up-to-date block maps, distributing meeting information, encouraging attendance, and organizing Minnesota's Night To Unite celebrations and any other social gatherings. If desired, block captains can schedule business meetings with the GVPD.

Zone-Based Crime Alerts

When warranted, the GVPD will issue zone-based crime alerts to notify residents of a current crime trend (sign up to receive email crime alerts). To find your zone, use the Neighborhood Watch zone map below (double-click or use the zoom tool to locate your street).

Neighborhood Watch Meetings

The GVPD hosts two Neighborhood Watch meetings per year and will continue to offer Neighborhood Watch meetings for new groups and individual neighborhoods upon request. The annual meetings will include a crime prevention refresher, an update on crime patterns and trends in Golden Valley, and more.

2017 Community Meetings

  • May 2, 7 pm
    GV Public Safety Building
    7700 Golden Valley Rd
  • Oct 3, 7 pm
    GV Public Safety Building
    7700 Golden Valley Rd

Block Captains & Block Captains Recruitment Meeting

  • June 6, 7 pm
    GV Public Safety Building
    7700 Golden Valley Rd

Interactive Crime Map

  • The City’s online interactive crime map provides search by neighborhood for current reported crimes as well as basic information about each event.

Zoom in on the map below to find your zone