Neighborhood Watch

What is a Neighborhood Watch Program?

A Neighborhood Watch program is implemented by a group of people living in the same area who are working to make their neighborhood safer. Each neighborhood’s program is managed by an Area Leader who is appointed by their neighbors. The area leader and residents work together with local law enforcement representatives from the Vineyard Division of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office to reduce crime and improve residents’ quality of life. Citizens are trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods and can implement crime prevention techniques such as home security, operation identification, and other methods. Neighborhood groups can also work to provide emergency and disaster preparedness, neighborhood clean-ups, and coordinate with faith-based organizations to address the neighborhood’s needs

Why start a Neighborhood Watch Program?
Law enforcement officers have responsibility for the whole city and cannot be present on every street corner. Citizen involvement is an essential component of combating crime. Residents of your neighborhood know what is happening in your community. By partnering with Vineyard’s UCSO deputies, neighborhoods can prevent and fight crime in the most effective ways.

What's the time commitment? 
Neighborhood Watch groups have regular meetings to plan how they can accomplish their goals and responsibilities, Groups are required to have a minimum of one meeting per year and can meet more often, as needed. These meetings will include discussing, planning, or reporting projects and goals selected by the neighborhood.

How to start a Neighborhood Watch Group

First, determine if there’s a need and/or interest in having a Neighborhood Watch program by talking with your neighbors.
Then, contact the Utah County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) and inform them of your neighborhood’s desire to start a program.
Other initial steps include:
  1. Reading the Neighborhood Watch Starter & Leadership Handbooks (available online or at the City Office).
  2. Designating an Area Leader.
  3. Completing area leader information and a map.
  4. Planning and advertising your first Neighborhood Watch Meeting.
  5. Requesting a deputy to be present at the first meeting.

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Safety Coordinator
Maria Arteaga