***[12/25/2020] New Notice! (Please see below)
Research has shown that crime is significantly reduced where residents are visibly present and are actively involved on their streets and in their neighbourhoods. Individuals out randomly walking are more effective than scheduled citizen patrols.
When individuals are aware of their neighbourhood, they are better equipped to recognize and respond when something is not “right”.
- Who? You walk your block
- How? Take a walk
- Where? In your neighbourhood
- When? Whenever you like
- Why? To prevent crime before it happens
Why REGISTER your participation & LOG your walks?
- Edmonton Neighbourhood Watch can track the success of community programs, provide resources to communities participating in the program & offer promotions and prizes for participants.
- The Edmonton Police Service can use the walking statistics to determine if crime reduction in a neighbourhood may be associated with resident’s participation in the program.
(Statistics provided based on the number walks & time walked by community league – not by name of participant.)
- The City of Edmonton can see where community involvement is benefitting neighbourhoods. This may help communities to access or request resources for the community.
- Local business may offer incentives or discounts to community members involved in the program.
What to do while you are Walking Your Block:
Become familiar with your surroundings:
- Take the time to meet and greet your neighbours.
- Report any suspicious activities to police at 780-423-4567 or use the EPS Mobile App
- Become familiar with the homes and vehicles that belong in your area.
- If you see a crime in progress, call 911 and do not engage. It is better to be a good witness than an injured victim.
** See something suspicious, report it **
Benefits & Value of Walk Your Block
As a City – Decrease crime
- Crime is difficult to perpetrate if people are out walking and watching
- Less police resources needed for property crime
- Economic benefits: taxes, insurance premiums, human resources
In the Community – Know your neighbours
- Learn who belongs in the neighbourhood
- Neighbours can watch out for each other
- See something suspicious – report it
For the Individual – Safety & Security
- Sense of ownership for your own safety and security
- An opportunity to meet and know your neighbours
- Better sense of community
- Health benefits of being active
- Economic benefits
Walk Your Block
- IS NOT an organized citizen patrol
- DOES NOT require a screening process
- DOES NOT require membership with Neighbourhood Watch
- IS NOT a program where individuals engage anyone involved in a crime