New Requirements for Neighborhood Watch Groups
Saratoga Neighborhood Watch groups are now required to hold 1 neighborhood gathering per calendar year to stay registered with the City of Saratoga. Additionally, new criteria has been established to register a Neighborhood Watch group.
Requirement to Hold 1 Gathering Per Year
Groups will have until the end of December 2018 to confirm that they have held at least 1 gathering during the calendar year. Groups can do so by completing a form available on the City’s website or by emailing Crystal Bothelio.
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 that do not hold a gathering and become unregistered will be removed from the Neighborhood Watch Map and will not be eligible for the Neighborhood Watch Grant. To become active again, these groups will also be subject to the new registration requirements described below to become active again.
Before registering with the City, new groups (including those that have let their registration lapse) must now 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 new 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.
For more information, visit www.saratoga.ca.us/neighborhoodwatch
or contact Crystal Bothelio in the Saratoga City Manager's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org