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March 24, 2010 > Neighborhood Crime Watch - how to get started

Neighborhood Crime Watch - how to get started

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Meenu Gupta

On Thursday morning, March 18, Fremont residents had another chance to talk about safety issues as Fremont Police staff sat down with them for another cup of coffee. Similar police/public meetings have been held December last year and February this year. "Coffee with the Cops" gives officers and the public a chance to talk about safety issues in the City as well as to get acquainted with the names and faces behind the badge.

The Fremont Police Department is dedicated to promoting safer neighborhoods in partnership with the community, finding proactive methods to reduce crime. One such partnership between residents and law enforcement is Neighborhood Crime Watch (NCW). "We ask residents to talk to their neighbors and look for those willing to take leadership, to become a Block Captain and Assistant Captain," said Geneva Bosques, Community Engagement Manager. The Block Captain and the Alternate are liaisons between the NCW group and the police department. They also schedule NCW meetings at least once a year, maintain a current membership roster and map, and distribute Crime Alert Bulletins when provided by the police department.

Many groups rotate the Block Captain and Alternate responsibilities. "In Neighborhood Crime Watch, we talk about crime in the area. Most questions are related to property crimes like vandalism and theft. We also discuss safety tips about how to protect your homes," said Bosques. "We require one meeting a year, which is about neighbors getting to know one another."

Anyone who lives in Fremont can participate in NCW. Contact your neighbors to determine the best time to attend a meeting, typically a weekday evening about 6:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. and schedule the meeting. Call the Police Department NCW contact person.

For Residential and Business Crime Watch in North Fremont which is north of Stevenson Blvd to the Union City border, contact: Martha Matthiesen at (510) 790-6979 or write to mmatthiesen@ci.fremont.ca.us.

For South Fremont which is South of Stevenson Blvd to City of Milpitas border, contact Karen Blount at (510) 790-6689 or write to kblount@ci.fremont.ca.us.

To obtain brochures or request a presentation of the program contact Community Engagement Unit at (510) 790-6740 or visit www.fremontpolice.org.

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