Attorney General John Ashcroft has
called for a rebirth of Neighborhood Watch programs across the country as a way of
augmenting the fight against terrorism. In keeping with the request of the Attorney
General, the San Luis Obispo Police Department provides hard copy Neighborhood Watch
posters in our lobby that contain all the information needed to begin and maintain your
own Neighborhood Watch program. Now the two-sided poster is available
on-line so you can download the information and get started right
How do I
Download the mini poster (at the bottom of
this page) and review the material on the back. The success of Neighborhood Watch is
simple: get to know your neighbors! Start with your house as the center and then begin
by calling or visiting your neighbors around you.
- Tell your neighbors you want to
start a Neighborhood Watch program and set a date and time to meet at your house.
Begin simply by choosing those neighbors who can be identified and
fill in their
information in the blanks on the poster's reverse side.
- Invite your neighbors in and
complete the posters together. This allows you to meet new people, share concerns,
and follow the easy guidelines on the back of the poster for calling police.
- Display your poster in a window visible from the street. This tells everyone that you care about your
community and that you will alert authorities about suspicious behavior.
- One person may be designated as a
Block Captain. This person helps by supplying posters to new people who move into
the neighborhood and makes sure poster information is kept current.
OK, I got my
posters done, now what?
You run this program! The San Luis Obispo Police Department provides crime prevention
tips in the Crime Prevention section of our website under
& Posters. Go to the Prints & Posters section and download the one page
handouts on whatever item meets your neighborhoods need then distribute them to your
group. Everything from burglary to blight prevention is available to you on this
website, along with our helpful links to law enforcement sites
and the National Crime Prevention Councilís
What if I
Simply call the Office of Neighborhood Services in the Operations Division of the Police
Department at 805.781.7317 and ask! We will be happy to provide support. Now the rest is
up to you.
- Stay alert; be aware of your surroundings.
- Show you are calm, confident and know where you are going.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
- \Carry your purse firmly and close to your body.
- Keep your wallet in an inside coat or side trouser pocket.
- Have your car or house key in your hand as you approach the
- Park in well-lighted areas that will be well-lighted when you
return. Be sure to lock your car doors.
- If you jog, do not jog alone in isolated areas.
- Do not hitchhike. Do not pick up hitchhikers.
- Do not accept rides from strangers.
- Women living alone should list only their last name and first
initial in the phone book and on mail boxes. Ask the phone company
to not list your address in the book.
- If you are concerned about crime and must go out, find a friend
to walk, jog or shop with.
Protect Your Home and Neighborhood
- Install good deadbolt locks and use them.
- Use timers to turn lights on and off in a normal schedule when
away from home
- Adequately secure all windows with secondary locking devices.
- Lock garage doors and windows.
- Leave exterior lights on all night.
- Do not advertise that you are away from home.
- Be neighborly, but be suspicious of strangers in the area.
- Record serial numbers and maintain a record of your property in
a safe place, other than your home.
- Mark your property with your California Driver License.
- Organize into a Neighborhood Watch Program. Call 805.781.7317
- Call the police to report all crimes and suspicious activity.
If you are attacked or robbed:
- Remain calm.
- Try not to panic or show any signs of anger or confusion.
- If the attacker is after your property, don't resist.
- Don't escalate this crime into a violent encounter.
- Make a conscious effort to get an accurate description of your
- attacker: age, race, complexion, body build, height, weight,
type and color of clothing.
- Call the police immediately, identifying yourself and giving
If your home is broken into:
- If a door or window has been forced or broken while you are
- Do not enter or call out! Someone may still be inside.
- Use a cellular phone or a neighbor's phone immediately to call
the police, and wait there until they arrive.