Whether you're the neighborhood watch dog who checks up on your neighbors or you just want to be involved, there are several ways to learn about Glendale Police Department's North Glendale Neighborhood Watch program.
Locals from all neighborhoods patrolled by Glendale Police Department are invited to represent their area of town. The group meets with Glendale Police Officer Matt Zakarian, other Glendale officers, local leaders and community members to talk about what's happening in town and how to prevent crime.
"I feel our community, like all communities, have somewhat of a disconnection when it comes to neighborhoods," Zakarian said. "I believe by bringing people together to communicate will help to remove barriers such as false perceptions. By removing barriers people can learn to respect and help each other."
Here are some of the goals and reasons behind joining the organization:
- Know your neighbors, recognize who lives in the neighborhood.
- Reduce crime by preventing crime before it happens.
- Build a relationship with local leaders, law enforcement.
- Be the "Eyes and Ears" of your own neighborhood.
- Prepare for disaster and lead your area if a disaster occurs.
- Meet with other area block captains to discuss local issues, questions.
- Committ to communicate, inform and involve neighbors.
- Learn about local resources, how to access them to support crime, safety concerns.
- Become part of a Glendale's Certified Emergency Response Team.
- Find out about city resources, such as graffiti removal, blight and the abatement process.
Expectations in Joining Neighborhood Watch
Zakarian, who leads the program with Glendale Police Department, does have certain expectations and requirements for locals who join Neighborhood Watch.
"I expect neighbors to reach out and meet each other," Zakarian said. "Communication by electronic methods has never been easier. Keeping in touch by sending messages instantly keeps everyone informed and up to date on crime trends."
There is proven success in solving crime when neighbors are informed and become eyes and ears of the community, he said.
"Many times we have alerted the community of situations that are in progress. The neighbors became aware of what to look for and in turn led to solving crime and putting crooks in jail."
Zakarian stresses that everyone has a responsibility to be part of the solution.
"Crime and Disaster preparedness are great reasons to bring people together," Zakarian said. "The very least is that you communicate to each other and law enforcement."
How Neighborhood Watch Works
Locals can become block captains and keep watch over their neighborhood block, Zakarian said.
Many neighborhoods in the watch program are shared by co-captains, he said.
Monthly training opportunities are offered for free by various sectors of the community, including the California Firesafe Council, Adult Protective Services and different online resources for crime.
Participants are expected to discuss what they learn and talk about issues such as barking dog complaints, music and other disturbances. The group talks about how to deal with these and other issues, he said.
Every three months block captains have the opportunity to learn about problems and solutions by various invited speakers, Zakarian said.
Here are examples of training offered through Neighborhood Watch:
- Personal Observation Skills & Personal Protection
- Crime prevention through environmental design. (CPTED)
- Home Security Tips (locks, windows and alarm systems)
- Free Vacation Checks offered by the Glendale Police Department
- Crime Statistics/Trends
- Residential Door to Door Soliciting ordinance
- Disaster Preparedness
- Crimestoppers (Anonymous tip line)
- Seasonal Crime Prevention Tips
- Curb numbering project
- National Night Out
- When to call “911”
- Adult Protective Services for people unable to care for themselves
- Barking Dog Complaints
- Wildlife Management (Bears, Bobcats and Coyotes)
- Neighbor Disputes
- Neighborhood Services/Code Enforcement
- Fire Department, CERT Training info
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