First see if your community has and Official Neighbourhood Watch (click here) program. If you do not know your community league, please go to the the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues and enter your postal code under FIND YOUR LEAGUE. The results will appear below.
Communities with an established Neighbourhood Watch program have volunteers living in your community to help you create a safer neighbourhood where you live. For a community league to have an official Neighbourhood Watch program they must have an ENW Community Representative in place. If you community does not have an official program there are two options:
- Volunteer to be the Neighbourhood Watch Community Representative for your community (or help find a volunteer)
- Start an informal Neighbourhood Watch
How to start an official Neighbourhood Watch community program
Please note, ENW does not present at community league meetings or at meetings supporting a single community.
An official program requires two commitments. First a volunteer from the community to be the Neighbourhood Watch Community Representative and second a community league (or community group*) that helps support the program in the community.
1) A person, community league or community group* wants to establish a Neighbourhood Watch Program.
2) A volunteer is found who will become the ENW Community Representative.
3) The community league or community group* endorses the volunteer to be their representative (through whichever means chosen by the community e.g. elect, appoint, etc). The community league board or community group* determines the type of position the Community Rep will hold (voting, non-voting, titled position, etc.)
4) The new Community Representative contacts ENW at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise ENW they are a new Community Representative and wish to establish an official program.
ENW will help the Community Representative through the process of membership, training, and getting the Police Information Check completed.
5) The Community Rep (or Reps) become the official ENW Community Rep for that community once he/she/they
- become an ENW member
- attend the training
- pass a Police Information Check, conducted by EPS
- are approved by ENW
6) The Community has an official program
Communities with an official program have access to all ENW programs and resources through the Community Representative. ENW and the community league or group* support the Community Rep in their role. The Community Rep promotes programs and initiatives in the community with the support of ENW, the community league or community group*, along with other program partners.
Community leagues or community groups* with a similar position
If your community league or community group* has someone in a similar position, consider having them connect with ENW to become a Neighbourhood Watch Community Rep. This gives the community access to programs, resources and support from ENW. Contact email@example.com to find out more. ENW provides the membership, training and resources at no cost to either the volunteer or the community.
Helpful tools in finding a volunteer
Advertise in your newsletter, website or e-circulars that your community is looking for a Neighbourhood Watch Community Rep. Feel free to use our “Wanted” poster.
At community events advertise that the community is in need of a volunteer who is interested in community safety and crime prevention. The most successful Community Reps are those that have a interest or passion in making their communities safer.
*Community groups must be inclusive and serve all residents of a set community (as determined by the geographical boundaries of a community league) and must have means to communicate with residents within the community.
How to start an informal Neighbourhood Watch program
If your community does not support an Official Neighbourhood Watch program you can start a casual/informal Neighbourhood Watch for your street, building or complex. Membership is not required and is open to anyone living in Edmonton.
1) Interest is expressed by a person or persons. That person can do one or more of the following:
- Attend the public training to learn about Neighbourhood Watch (see our Events page for the next training session)
- Follow ENW on social media for information on crime prevention Facebook & Twitter
- Participate in ENW programs for individuals like Walk Your Block & the Block Party program
- Consider becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Ambassador (Read more about this role).
2) Follow the practices of a Neighbourhood Watch program
- Get to know your neighbours
- Look out for your neighbours and neighbourhood
- Learn to recognize who and what belongs in your neighbourhood
- Practice crime prevention strategies to protect yourself and your property
- Call the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 should you see suspicious activities
- Encourage anyone who is a victim of a crime, to report it to the police
- Report any crimes to the Edmonton Police Service that happen to you or your property; by reporting online, calling 780-423-4567, #377 or using the EPS mobile app
3) Meet with neighbours and talk about what’s happening in your neighbourhood
4) Share what you have learned with your neighbours
5) Encourage your neighbours to do what you have done