Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Neighborhood Watch Overview
Essentially, Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors looking out for neighbors. It is getting to know each other and becoming familiar with your neighbor's habits and vehicles so that you will know when something is suspicious or out of the ordinary. In addition to recognizing potential suspicious activities, Neighborhood Watch participants report such activity by calling the Bakersfield Police Department. After calling the Police Department, neighbors should also notify their Block Captain.
Neighborhood Watch does NOT mean being a vigilante. Participants do not confront suspects or take any personal risks at all. Nor does the program make you a nosy neighbor - it makes you a good neighbor in the old-fashioned sense of the word.
Benefits of having a Neighborhood Watch:
For more information regarding the Neighborhood Watch Program, contact the Community Relations Office at (661) 326-3053 or email BPDCommunity@bakersfieldpd.us. You can also contact your area's Community Relations Specialist directly to schedule a Neighborhood Watch. Find out who your area representatives are here.