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If the crime you are reporting is an emergency, call 911.
If the crime you are reporting is not an emergency, you can call the non-emergency line at 604-525-5411 or attend our Front Counter at 555 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC.
The Block Watch Program addresses the issues of isolation and separation that crime creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among neighbours, helps reduce residential and other crimes, and improves relations between the police and the community they serve. Block Watch is one of the most comprehensive and successful home security and community safety program.
The program was started in BC in 1986 in response to the concerns of citizens about crime. The program was modeled on a similar project in Seattle, which was effective in reducing residential break-and-enters by up to 60 percent.
Watch the following video to learn more about Block Watch:
Block Watch is a free program based on a partnership between the New Westminster Police Department and its community members who work together to prevent crime in their neighbourhoods. Neighbours watch out for one another and their property and report suspicious activities to the Police. It is believed that neighbours working together are the first and best line of defence against crime.
Anyone living in any residential or strata property in New Westminster can become Block Watch members. Rental properties should contact the Coordinator of the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.
Marking your personal property is an integral component of the Block Watch Program. Property that has not been marked cannot be returned to its rightful owner if recovered. Here is what you need to know about marking your property:
The initial organizing of your Block Watch group may require some time commitment; however, once your group is established there is only minimal time required to maintain membership participation.
Making a difference means getting involved and taking responsibility and ownership of your neighbourhood. Block Watch may reduce residential crime by up to 20 percent so be part of the solution by calling the New Westminster Police Block Watch office today at 604-529-2446 or email them here.
Safe Communities, One Block at a Time