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Neighborhood Watch

The National Neighborhood Watch Institute (NNWI) Participant's Handbook states, 
"Always remember that your responsibility is to report crime. Do not take any risks to prevent a crime or try to make an arrest. The responsibility for apprehending criminals belongs to the police/sheriff."

Neighborhood Watch participants act as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement. They do not take the law into their own hands.
The National Neighborhood Watch motto is, "We Look Out For Each Other".

Neighborhood Watch in El Cerrito is a program designed to partner residents with the Police Department. The program encourages residents to join with their neighbors and build a safer place to live, work and play by educating them to help prevent crime. The goal is for neighbors to watch out for one another. The Police Department supplies information to these neighborhood groups and assists them in various crime prevention techniques.

Click here to learn more about the Neighborhood Watch Program.  To schedule an officer for a Neighborhood Watch in your area, contact Detective Sergeant David Hartung at 510-215-4418.

Home Security Assessment 

The Police Department offers a free Home Security Assessment for El Cerrito residents. The assessment  provides a personalized evaluation of your residence's security. During the security check, an officer will provide some practical solutions to make your home safer from the threat of burglary. To schedule an officer, please submit the online Home Security Assessment request form.  

Too busy to schedule a Home Security inspection?  Take the Home Security Challenge !  This quiz is designed for the resident to review the security of their home.  Tally up your points and see how you can make your home a safer place by improving environmental factors. 

Vacation House Notification

Help safeguard your home while you go out of town by notifying the Police Department.   An officer will conduct periodic checks of your residence while you are out of town.  By submitting the vacation notification, the Police Department will also be able to contact you or your emergency contact, should the need arise.  To request a vacation home notification, submit the online vacation house notification approximately two weeks prior to your departure.       


Read more tips on Crime Prevention from the El Cerrito Police Department.



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