Neighborhood Watch

Steps to Start:

Step 1 - Organize your Block

Neighborhood Watch Coordinator:

Beth Wegner 

913-971-6323

  • Contact neighbors and obtain consent to organize a Neighborhood Watch group. The number of houses involved should be clustered together or situated so those residents have good visibility of each other's homes. No more than 20 homes is recommended for one neighborhood member to manage.
  • Obtain commitment from no less than 51% of the houses to attend 90 minute safety meeting presentation (see Step 3) by the Community Outreach Unit in your neighborhood. One hundred percent is preferred attendance but signs cannot be installed unless the percentage is met at the meeting. This helps to preserve the integrity of the program knowing the majority of the neighbors are participating in and practicing crime prevention.

Step 2 - Schedule your Safety Meeting

  • Contact Community Outreach Unit, 971-7500, and schedule meeting date for 90 minute presentation. At least two weeks advanced notice is preferred. Groups scheduling on Monday through Thursday starting at 7pm receive the largest participation. Most neighbors attend if not inconvenienced on a school event night, weekend, big sports event, holiday, etc.

Step 3 - Safety Meeting Presentation

  • Neighborhood Watch presentation in your neighborhood by the Community Outreach Unit.
  • Block Captain and Co-Captain are elected from the group.
  • Family information guides are distributed to each household and need completion. The Block Captain uses these guides for emergency call out and when residents want to receive an Operation Identification number to mark personal property.

Step 4 - Check out Engravers for Operation ID

  • FREE Engravers are issued to Block Captain for use by neighbors to mark personal property in conjunction with the Operation Identification program (FREE).
  • House stickers are issued to those participating in the Operation Identification program

Step 5 - Neighborhood Watch Signs are Installed

  • Engravers are returned to the Community Outreach Unit
  • FREE Neighborhood Watch signs are posted at both street entrances to the neighborhood group to indicate to potential criminals that the neighbors practice crime prevention.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH STANDARDS
Neighborhood "Get together" and Quarterly Block Captain Meetings:
The informational meetings are held to promote better communication between the police and citizens. The meetings are offered as part of the new standards established to help achieve the goal of active, informed Neighborhood Watches. Those standards include:

  1. Each Neighborhood Watch is to hold at least one meeting annually either in the form of an educational safety related program, block party or other similar social event.
  2. Captains and/or Co-Captains or their designate attend at least two of the four quarterly informational meetings presented by the Community Outreach Unit.
  3. Captains and/or Co-Captains contact new neighbors and distribute family information guide and other pertinent neighborhood watch information as needed.

Police Department Responsibilities:

  1. Assist each Neighborhood Watch Group in their crime prevention efforts.
  2. Perform security surveys in individual homes at the request of the resident.
  3. Provide the latest in crime prevention information to the groups in the form of a Newsletter and quarterly Block Captain meetings.
  4. Contact groups with pertinent information dealing with crimes in Olathe upon which Neighborhood Watch might have an impact.
  5. Re-certify annually each Watch Group who meet their responsibilities.

 

The Criminal's worst enemies are CONCERNED AND ACTIVE CITIZENS and an equally CONCERNED AND EFFECTIVE POLICE DEPARTMENT. When the two elements are combined, the OPPORTUNITY to commit the crime is DECREASED. If a criminal does strike, these elements can combine to ASSIST each other in discovering the perpetrator, then successfully process the criminal through the Criminal Justice System.

 

Watch Dog Newsletter:

The Watch Dog Newsletter is a publication distributed exclusively to Neighborhood Watch Program Participants.

If you would like to receive the newsletter, please join the Neighborhood Watch. For more information on how to join, please contact Olathe Police Department's Community Outreach Unit at (913) 971-7500 or contact the Community Outreach Specialist.