Neighborhood Crime Watch

Neighborhood Watch has been a part of crime prevention since prevention programs first began nearly 25 years ago. Today this program has increased importance for our city. As Champlin grows rapidly, our population is getting spread out over a greater area. More and more people, new to the area, move-in every month. The police are getting busier and crime potential is rising with the increasing development. Neighborhood Watch is a cooperative effort between the police and citizens to help prevent crimes from occurring. Its focus is at the neighborhood level. Instead of trying to prevent crime over the entire city all at once, we can concentrate our efforts in a smaller, much more manageable area; your neighborhood. By generating watch groups, we can effectively cover the entire city, making it a safer place for everyone. What Neighborhood Watch requires from each citizen is very minimal. Primarily, all we ask is that each person become more aware of their own neighborhood and call the police immediately with any suspicious activity they see. The neighborhood becomes the eyes and ears of the police department.

Police & Community

The Champlin Crime Prevention Officer helps teach residents how to better secure their homes, increase personal safety through prevention techniques and prevent thefts at home, work, and in the community. Both police and the community get to know each other better through Neighborhood Watch. The biggest plus may well be that neighbors who join a watch group actually get to know each other!! Events unrelated to crime prevention often grow out of these groups. Block parties, holiday celebrations, and even neighborhood outings to sporting events or other activities are common benefits of an organized neighborhood.

Anyone can organize a Neighborhood Watch Group. The groups need only hold two official meetings a year. The Crime Prevention Officer will attend these meetings. The first meeting is an informational meeting about the Neighborhood Watch program and the free services offered by the Champlin Police Department. The second meeting can be about any crime prevention/police-related topic that the group is interested in.

If anyone is interested in starting a group in their neighborhood, all they need to do is call the Champlin Police Department at 763-421-2971.

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