According to the Columbus Division of Police, Blockwatch has proven itself as one of the most effective ways for neighborhood residents to get involved in the fight against crime.
Blockwatch members are NOT expected to do the job of the police.
Being a Blockwatch member does NOT put residents at risk or in situations of danger.
The key to success in Blockwatch is community involvement. The more residents actively involved in the Blockwatch program, the more effective the Blockwatch can be. By getting to know your neighbors and fine-tuning your observation skills, you can help prevent crime in your neighborhood!
A Block Captain (or Co-Captains) serve a valuable role as a leader for their area Blockwatch. A Block Captain can help by:
All Blockwatch members can help keep their neighborhood safe by
WHAT “SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY” DO BLOCKWATCH MEMBERS LOOK FOR?
As a Blockwatch member, here are some of the things that you would watch for:
In any of these situations, you should write down the description of any suspicious person and/or vehicle in as much detail as possible. Get the model, color and license number of the vehicles if you can. Call the police and report what you have seen. Mention that you are a member of the Greater Linden Blockwatch when you call. Let your Blockwatch Captain and neighbors know if you have observed something suspicious or unusual in your neighborhood, but call the police first. The police non-emergency number is 645-4545. In an emergency or life-threatening situation, call 911.
At the monthly Blockwatch Alliance meetings, Blockwatch members have the chance to:
Meet with the Community Liaison Officer(s) from the Columbus Division of Police, Precinct Two and Five
Hear a variety of speakers provide valuable information on topics related to safety, security and crime prevention
Receive resource materials and information, and
Hear neighborhood crime statistics and reports on specific crime trends occurring in Linden.
"Who's Watching Your Block"
There are many blocks in Linden that have an identified Block Captain and several residents who have made a commitment to watch over their neighborhood and report suspicious activity to the police.
However, there are some blocks where only one or two residents have expressed an interest in being a Blockwatch participant. In either case, everyone interested in participating in being a Blockwatch member is encouraged to attend the Greater Linden Blockwatch Alliance monthly meetings.
The Blockwatch Alliance meetings are held on the SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH, 7:00-8:30 PM at the POINT OF PRIDE BUILDING (1410 Cleveland Avenue, First Floor).
There is no cost to be a Blockwatch member, but it can save you the headache and heartache of being a victim of crime!
Are you interested in joining or starting a Blockwatch in Linden? Call Greater Linden Development Corporation at 294-9600.
GREATER LINDEN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
GREATER LINDEN BLOCKWATCH ALLIANCE
HOW DOES BLOCKWATCH WORK?
Blockwatch establishes an organized network for residents to exchange ideas and information with their neighbors and with the police. Through Blockwatch training sessions, residents learn how to become the extended eyes and ears of the police. They learn to report on suspicious or unusual activity in their neighborhoods to help police fight crime. Blockwatch participants also learn security tips for their home and personal safety tips for themselves and their families..