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Neighborhood Watch

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*** For emergencies, please call 911; non-emergency: (714) 754-5252.

A Neighborhood Watch Program, which was founded in 1972 by the National Sheriffs’ Neighborhood WatchAssociation, is a group of residents living in the same area, who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together and in conjunction with local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their quality of life. Neighborhood Watch groups have regular meetings to plan how they will accomplish their specific goals, and consist of a Block Captain and partners with assigned responsibilities.

Neighborhood Watch groups can provide residents with a greater sense of security, responsibility and personal control of their neighborhood to reduce crime while at the same time building positive relationships between neighbors. Knowing your neighbors makes it easier to recognize strangers, who may not have legitimate business in your neighborhood.

Please note: Neighborhood Watch groups are not a vigilante group and should not assume the role of law enforcement. They serve as the eyes and ears of the police by having neighbors be alert and observant, who report suspicious activity or crimes to the police.

Start a Neighborhood Watch group:

Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to discuss current crimes occurring in the neighborhood, safety tips, preventive neighborhood activities to promote safety, and share contact information.

Thank you for your participation in keeping Costa Mesa communities safe.

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Questions can be emailed to or call Crime Prevention Specialist, Jennette Martinez at (714) 754-4876.