Neighborhood Watch is a great way to maintain a healthy and vibrant neighborhood, as well as aid local law enforcement in their efforts to stop crime. Neighbors build relationships with one another, learn about crime prevention, and work collaboratively to report suspicious activity and reduce crime.
Registration is required to be eligible for the Neighborhood Watch Grant, have your group appear on the Neighborhood Watch map, and receive Neighborhood Watch signage. Before registering with the City, new groups (including those that have let their registration lapse) must meet the following criteria:
- Define boundaries that do not overlap with other Neighborhood Watch groups.
- Demonstrate engagement from a majority of households in the Neighborhood Watch area using the Neighborhood Watch Notification Signature Form to show neighbors have been made aware of the Neighborhood Watch group.
- Define a communications plan that describes how the group will stay in communication, including with residents without access to the internet.
- Hold an orientation with the Sheriff’s Office that all residents in the Neighborhood Watch group are invited to attend. Submit a request for an orientation.
- Provide 1 method for the public to contact the Neighborhood Watch Group when you register. This information will be shared on the City of Saratoga website and publicly available. The contact method does not need to be personal contact information.
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New Neighborhood Watch Requirements
Public Point of Contact
Each group must provide 1 method for the public to contact the Neighborhood Watch group. This information, along with the name of the lead(s), will be shared on the City of Saratoga website and publicly available. Leads are not required to provide personal contact information. They may create a generic email account for your group and/or a social media page/group that the public can access.
You can share your group’s public point of contact by completing this form.
Neighborhood Watch Gathering
Saratoga Neighborhood Watch groups are now required to hold 1 neighborhood gathering per calendar year to stay registered with the City of Saratoga. Gatherings must be open to the entire Neighborhood Watch group, but do not need to be focused on Neighborhood Watch. For example, gatherings could include a pool party, personal emergency preparedness class, or a meeting with a representative of the Sheriff’s Office to receive public safety news.
Groups will have until the end of December to confirm that they have held a gathering. Groups can do so by completing a confirmation form.
Groups that do not hold a gathering and become unregistered will be removed from the City Neighborhood Watch Map and will not be eligible for the Neighborhood Watch grant. To become active again, these groups will be subject to the registration requirements described above.
Invite Saratoga's Public Safety Agencies to your Neighborhood Watch Event!
- Sheriff's Office: You may invite a member of the Sheriff's Office to your Neighborhood Watch Orientation (for new groups) for a 20-30 minute presentation or request that a member of the Sheriff's Office drop into your next Neighborhood Watch gathering/meeting for 15-20 minutes as time permits to share current trends and tips. Requests must be submitted at least 1 week in advance.
- Fire Department: Request that local Saratoga firefighters stop by your event to briefly meet your Neighborhood Watch group. Requests must be submitted at least 2 weeks in advance.
Please be advised the members of the Sheriff's Office and Fire Department are on duty. They may be unable to attend your event or leave quickly if they receive a 9-1-1 call.
Tips for New Groups
- Check the City of Saratoga Neighborhood Watch map to see if your home is in a registered group. Contact the city to connect with an existing group.
- If you do not live in a registered Neighborhood Watch group, talk to a few neighbors to gauge interest in forming a group and seek help from neighbors to get started.
- Select the boundaries of your group. Neighborhood Watch boundaries may not overlap with existing groups shown on the map. Consider seeking out "block captains" to help manage larger groups.
- Engage your neighbors. Consider inviting neighbors to a meeting to get consensus on concerns, goals, and neighborhood boundaries. Ask your neighbors to sign the Neighborhood Watch Registration Signature form. Neighborhood Watch groups are required to show a majority of households in your Neighborhood Watch area have been engaged before registering.
- Request a presentation from the Sheriff's Office to learn how to identify suspicious activity and receive tips for keeping your home and family safe. Before registering, Neighborhood Watch groups are required to host an orientation with the Sheriff's Office that all the residents in the Neighborhood Watch group are invited to attend.
- Register your Neighborhood Watch group with the City.
- Keep your group organized. Hold at least 1 gathering per year and let the City know about your activity. Groups that do not hold 1 gathering per year will need to go through the full registration process again.
Neighborhood Watch Grants
Each Neighborhood Watch group now has the opportunity to receive one annual grant of up to $300. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding runs out. To apply, groups must:
- Be registered with the City of Saratoga. Check the Neighborhood Watch map to confirm that your group is registered.
- The recipient of the grant must be identified as a Neighborhood Watch lead with the City of Saratoga. Contact the City if you are unsure if you are listed as a lead.
- After you spend the funds, submit a report to the City by June 30 sharing how the grant was used.
Neighborhoods can decide how they would like to use the money. Examples of how the grant may be used include annual block parties, flyers, supplies for meetings, cameras, and informational materials. The primary goal of the new grant program is to help keep Neighborhood Watch groups organized and engaged for years to come.