Mission Hills is a tight knit community and we look out for our neighbors. There are many active Neighborhood Watch groups in Mission Hills headed by block captains that hold semi-annual meetings, maintain membership lists, distribute crime prevention information, and keep members abreast on any crime trends in the area. Usually a Neighborhood Watch group will consist of a few square blocks in a geographically contained area with maybe a hundred homes. All of the block captains then share information to maintain awareness of all of Mission Hills. If you are not currently a member of your neighborhood watch group or if there is no active watch group in your immediate area, we encourage you to start one. It is not only a great crime deterrent, but also a great way for your neighbors to meet and foster community on the block level.
Here are some steps and resources to help you start a Neighborhood Watch Group:
- Talk to your neighbors and see if there used to be a watch group in your area and what the boundaries were. There may be an existing group closeby that might be willing to expand to include your block. Otherwise, define a geographic area for your own watch group. Choose an area that makes sense and that is manageable - you can always expand later if there is interest in the surrounding blocks.
- See if you can find a co-captain to help you start the group; it helps to have someone who knows a lot of the neighbors if you don't already.
- Create a flyer to distribute to your potential members and gather contact information so you can set up your first meeting. Click here for a sample letter to get you started.
- Hold an initial meeting and explain the benefits of a neighborhood watch group, discuss any recent crime in the area, get to know your neighbors, and gather contact information that can be put into a member list as well as a neighborhood watch map.
- Distribute your member list and map to your members and keep people involved via relevant emails and semi-annual meetings.
- Let your local police know of your new watch group and get on their block captain distribution list. Mission Hills is covered by the Western Division.
- You can order new signs for your area by contacting CSI signs - make sure you specify that you live in an older neighborhood with larger sign poles so you get the correct sized hardware!
- More information can be found on the USAonWatch.org website.