Neighborhood Watch Important for Neighborhood Safety
The Lakewood Police Neighborhood Watch program is an important aspect of neighborhood safety. Although our Green Mountain Estates area is relatively free from illegal activity or vandalism, the importance of having the watch on as many blocks as possible cannot be underestimated.
The size of each Neighborhood Watch area is one block long, both sides of the street. One or two Block Captains serve as the coordinators for the block. The city posts a visible Neighborhood Watch sign at each end of each active block as a warning and deterrent to potential criminals. Each quarter, the Lakewood Police Department produces an informational safety newsletter outlining crime statistics and crime avoidance tips. The Neighborhood Watch newsletter may be requested online at http://www.lakewood.org/nwsignup/ .
Some of the duties of the Neighborhood Watch Block Captain are to attend the meetings with the police department (about three meetings a year), distribute the Neighborhood Watch newsletters (about three or four a year) to your block, and encourage residents of that block to get to know each other. The best neighborhood safety protection is “neighbors knowing neighbors”. We can help the police identify and reduce suspicious activity when we know what the “norm” is for a block.
If you don’t have a block captain and the posted signage for your block, consider volunteering. It’s important! Contact the Lakewood Police Coordinator at 303-987-7105 or check http://www.lakewood.org/NW/ for more information.
Steps to form a Neighborhood Watch block:
1. Obtain Neighborhood Watch Program information from the Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator at LPDvolunteercoordinator@lakewoodco.org or call 303-987-7105.
2. Establish a group of interested neighbors from both sides of your block.
3. Complete the form available on this Website at Neighborhood Registration Form or go to http://www.lakewood.org/NW/ and click on the small box to the right of the information box. Return the form to the Crime Prevention Office of the Lakewood Police Department. As the form indicates, to obtain Neighborhood Watch signs, please provide a map of the area with locations or instructions for placement of the signs.
4. There are three very informative meetings a year which you will be invited to attend. Once you turn in your Neighborhood Registration Form including your name as block captain, you will receive postcards or email notices informing you of the meetings. If you are unable to attend a meeting, ask someone from your block to go in your place.
5. Typically there are three newsletters a year to distribute to your block. When you turn in your list, there may be some Neighborhood Watch Newsletters still available in the kiosk on the first floor of the police department. Otherwise, you will be notified when the next newsletters are available in the spring.
Good luck getting your block to be a Neighborhood Watch block! If you have questions, please call Carl and Charlotte Worster, 303-986-3605 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakewood Police Department Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
Direct: 303-987-7105 | Email: LPDvolunteercoordinator@lakewoodco.org