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Block Watch is all about neighbours helping
neighbours. Households, apartments or condominiums
on a block form a communication chain aided by a map
of names, telephone numbers and addresses.
Participants watch out for each others' homes and report
suspicious activities to the police and each other. This
communication is crucial in reducing the likelihood of
The Block Watch program was initiated in Seattle in 1974, with participating homes seeing a
decrease in residential break-ins of between 48-62%. Surrey was the first municipality in
B.C. to start a Block Watch program, which has now spread the length of the Lower
Mainland and through several communities across the Province.
Don't sit back – be proactive, and take part in your community. A break and enter can be
prevented if criminals know there are watchful neighbours. Get involved with Block Watch
now, before you have been a victim of a break and enter.
Block Watch in Vancouver
The Vancouver Block Watch program started in 1989, and is managed and maintained by an
civilian coordinator and one police officer. The current officer assigned is Cst. Dave Krenz.
In 2009, Block Watch celebrated its 20th year as a VPD community-based crime prevention
program. The program currently has approximately 594 active blocks participating,
including 1,000 captains and co-captains monitoring the individual neighbourhood Block
Watch programs. Including all of the participating households that each team has recruited,
that's an additional 15,600 extra pairs of trained eyes and ears reporting suspicious activity!
Active Blocks By Neighbourhood
West End: 9