Sanger's Community Watch is a city-wide crime prevention program that promotes public safety education through the development of Community Watch Groups. Community Watch Groups are organized around a block or a neighborhood and are started with the assistance of the Sanger Police Department.
The Community Watch Program is employed to act as an extra set of "eyes and ears" when a police presence is not always available. Community Watch group involvement creates the opportunity to get to know those living in your geographical area, helping to open the lines of communication with local police and better overall cooperation among residents in crime prevention efforts. Participating in a Community Watch group builds confidence and encourages residents to take an active interest in one another's properties and livelihoods.
Community Watch groups allow citizens to focus on awareness and neighborhood observations through interaction and communication. The police department encourages citizens to become a Block Captain and develop a Watch Group to elevate awareness and crime prevention.
Creating a Watch Group
Any community resident can join-young or old, single or married, renter or homeowner. Participants learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report suspicious activities. You can form a Community Watch group around any geographical unit, including:
- Apartment complex
- A block
- Business area.
- Entire neighborhood
Those interested in becoming a Community Watch Block Captain may obtain information from the police department on how to create and develop a Watch Group.
Education from the Police Department
The police department makes its personnel available to attend Community Watch meetings and will serve as a police liaison between the group and the police department. The police department is also available to provide crime prevention information on the following topics:
- Identity Theft Protection
- Personal Safety
- Residential Security
- Vehicle Safety
- Youth Safety
- Other Requested Topics
Hosting a Community Watch Meeting
If you are interested in hosting a Community Watch Meeting in your neighborhood, please contact CSO Paul Welch at 559-399-8134, CSO Kim Jones at 559-876-6364 or submit a request online.