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You Can Get Involved!
The Blue Mountains Community Watch is a community based volunteer organization that strives to promote the safety and security of all citizens and visitors to the local region. We have no particular affiliation with any political organization and do not endorse or support the positions, statements or marketing of any such organization. We have also not authorized any political organization to utilize our name or likeness in any manner whatsoever.
Neighbours need to reconnect
“Relationships in many of today’s communities have become less personal than they were years ago. Families are more transient, children have more activities that take them and their parents away from home, and there are more families with both parents working.” - Ontario Provincial Police Community Watch Manual.
Community Watch Group
The responsibility for stimulating citizens to action should rest jointly with the Community Watch Area Coordinator and the officer assigned.
Communication with Watch members is crucial to the success of the program. More than half of the Watch groups surveyed distribute newsletters for members. The program has an ongoing system of getting the word to members on crime alerts, crime trends and patterns, or other information on criminal activity or safety that affects those in the town
- Overall coordination of Watch Program
- Liaison with Detachment CW Coordinator
- Receive and log information from Zone Coordinators
- Coordinating Fund Raising
- Receive and log information from Zone Coordinators/Co-Coordinators. Communicate relevant information received to other Zone Coordinators and Co-Coordinators.
- Circulate newsletters each year to maintain interest.
- Keep Zone Coordinators and Co-Coordinators lists up to date by recruiting as a vacancy occur.
- Communicate with Watch Coordinator
The Coordinator's job is to act as a liaison between the residents within their area and the Watch Coordinator. It is not a huge time commitment or a lot of work. If break and enters, acts of vandalism or other situations occur; the Zone Coordinator reports the incident to the CW Coordinator who then alerts the Police and other Zone Coordinators if required
- Communicate with neighbours in the zone to become familiar with usual house patterns
- Report information received from homeowners to Area Coordinator
- Communicate relevant information to occupants in the zone
- Encourage new neighbours to become involved in the Watch
- Distribute stickers
- Participant in the Neighbourhood Watch program that communicates with the Watch Members in their neighbourhood.
- Distributes support materials to the Watch Members .
- Communicates local issues to the Zone Coordinators fo remedial action by the OPP or the Neighbourhood Watch Committee.
- Know general house patterns of neighbours, particularly in the immediate zone
- Report unusual and suspicious events as they are happening first to police (dial 911), and then the Neighbourhood Coordinator
- Be a good neighbour by getting involved and by being aware