City Asks Residents For Input On Neighborhood Watch Program

The City of Golden Valley is asking citizens for ideas about how to make its Neighborhood Watch program better than ever. To offer ideas for improvements, residents are encouraged to participate in this 10-question Golden Valley Neighborhood Watch Community Survey.

About Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch helps the Golden Valley Police Department (GVPD) inform citizens about local crime trends, criminals, and how to respond to suspicious behavior, and encourages better communication among neighbors.

This enables people to recognize suspicious activity in their neighborhoods and report it by calling 911, giving police a chance to check out what may or may not be a crime and perhaps prevent a criminal from making another victim. Neighborhood Watch also gives the GVPD the opportunity to answer questions and learn about concerns so it can better serve the community.

But over the last few years there has been a drop in residents’ participation, says Joanne Paul, crime analyst.

“Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention tools there is,” Paul says. “A few years ago, we interviewed a prolific burglar who said that if someone in a neighborhood made eye contact with him, he would leave and go to a new location.”

Simple, cooperative vigilance and an ongoing dialogue with the police department makes a huge difference, Paul adds. So improving and rejuvenating the Neighborhood Watch program should be a high priority for everyone.

Block Captain Meetings

With the current model, the GVPD hosts annual Neighborhood Watch meetings by zone. There are 11 zones and more than 115 Watch groups. All meetings are held in the Golden Valley Public Safety Training Room, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

This fall, the GVPD will host meetings for Neighborhood Watch block captains and anyone interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch group.

  • Sept 24: Zones 1, 2, 3
  • Sept 27: Zones 4, 5, 6
  • Oct 2: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10

Meetings will be held at 7 pm in the Public Safety Training Room, 7800 Golden Valley Rd.

The purpose is to review the survey results and discuss how to shape the future of Golden Valley’s Neighborhood Watch program. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you can’t attend on your zone night, attend any other meeting

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