Block Watch

Be a good neighbour and improve safety on your block

Block Watch is a free program run by the City and the Burnaby RCMP to help prevent crime and nuisance activities in your neighbourhood. As part of this program, you'll watch out for your neighbours as they'll for you–and report any crime or suspicious activity to the police. Block Watch is a great way to reduce and prevent crime in your block.

Block Watch makes safety a priority and helps participants take a proactive approach toward preventing crime and other unwelcome activities.

This program has been active in Burnaby since 1988. Currently, we have 9,000 residents participating in the program.

Reduce crime in your area

An active Block Watch program can significantly lower crime in your area. It also provides:

  • increased connection with your neighbours
  • improved communication between block members and the police
  • a sense of community and safety in your area
  • resources to make your home more secure
  • know-how to recognize and report suspicious activities
  • access to the latest crime trends and statistics
  • Block Watch street signs and stickers for your home

Become a Block Watch member

What will be my role?

  • If you're a captain or a co-captain, you're responsible for facilitating the program in your neighbourhood. You will recruit participants and be a liaison with the Burnaby RCMP Crime Prevention Unit.
  • If you're a Block Watch participant, you'll monitor your neighbourhood and report any suspicious activity to the police and your captain or co-captain. You'll maintain communication with your captain and attend Block Watch meetings.

Block Watch doesn't mean you have to:

  • patrol the neighbourhood
  • know everyone in your area personally
  • own your home–tenants can participate too

Helpful resources

Guides and templates

Only active Block Watch neighbourhoods can request the installation of Block Watch signs.

As a new captain, you can request Block Watch signs after you've submitted the participant list and a Block Watch number is issued.

Workshops and presentations

Due to COVID-19, we're working to re-create online formats of our workshops and presentations. Stay tuned for more details.

To request training topics, email [email protected].

Have questions?

Call us at 604-646-9811 or email [email protected].

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