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Neighbourhood Watch :: What is Neighbourhood Watch?

What is Neighbourhood Watch?

  • Community Watch is an umbrella for several programs
  • Citizens are encouraged to connect with their neighbours, the municipality and the police
  • Operated by community volunteers with the assistance and support of the OPP and the Town
  • Supports two key Municipal goals:
    • Proactive Crime Prevention
    • Community engagement and participation in local decision-making


Community Watch works together with residents to develop safe and strong communities through community cooperation and communication, acting as a force for community building and providing a means of reducing the opportunity for crime to occur, through the active participation of the Town of Blue Mountains as a whole in crime prevention and with the support of their corporate sponsors.  We solidify relationships, encourage strong community involvement and bridge the gaps of communication.

Community Watch initiative is comprised of a number of individual programs under the umbrella of “Community Watch.” 

The core and essential component of all programs is “community commitment.”  Community volunteers run and implement these initiatives with the support of the local OPP detachment and the local Detachment Community Watch Coordinator. 

A community crime prevention program that includes:

  • property identification or "target hardening"
  • community patrols and involvement
  • police support  
  • promotion of property safety and security
  • A partnership between the OPP, local residents, corporate sponsors, local governments  and support groups such as OCWA (the Ontario Community Watch Association)


Who Is Involved In Community Watch?

  • Citizens
  • Support groups or associations
  • the OPP


Why Does Community Watch Work?

  • reduces incidents of theft, damage, break-ins, aggressive and dangerous driving
  • creates a team environment - a key to any successful program
  • increases ownership of the problem by stakeholders
  • assists the OPP in crime detection and prevention
  • identifies property for easy recognition and recovery
  • creates a safe living environment and reduces fear of victimization


The Way Forward

Pilot Projects Under Way

  • Craigleith Neighbourhood Watch
  • Blue Mountain Resort and Village Business Watch (November)
  • Thornbury Business Watch (November)
  • Volunteers are needed to launch programs in each of the zones


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