March 29, 1999
This is not a new concept, but simply a method of policing which dates back to the 17th century. It is nothing more than police officers and private citizens working together to help solve community problems related to crime, and the fear of crime, along with social and neighborhood concerns.
One way of building this partnership is working together through block watches. A block watch is a meeting of neighbors with a police officer to discuss home safety and neighborhood safety in order to lessen the chances of becoming a victim of crime. Topics generally covered in the block watch meeting include: alarms, home lighting, locks on entry points (windows and doors), landscaping, operation identification, vandalism, vehicle prowls, and bicycle theft prevention.
Once a block watch is established, there are monthly meetings in homes with a patrol officer who is assigned to patrol the neighborhood to discuss crime trends and to answer any questions from the residents. Block watches are a great way for neighbors to get to know one another. It takes everyone working together to make our community a safer place to live.
If anyone has any questions or wishes to start a block watch, please call Deputy Mark Childers at 206-296-4480 or Kenmore Police Chief Cliff Sether at 206-205-7679.