Start A Neighborhood Watch Group

“What we all want is public safety. We don’t want rhetoric that’s framed though ideology.”

– Kamala Harris

The Oakland Police Department encourages you and your neighbors to form a Neighborhood Watch group on your block. It is easy to do, and is one of the most important things you can do to deter crime. Below are frequently asked questions about Neighborhood Watch. Please call the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Marlon Guzmán at (510) 238-4523 or e-mail mguzman3@oaklandnet.com, for more information.

What is Neighborhood Watch?

Neighborhood Watch is a partnership between neighbors and the Oakland Police Department to improve safety and deter crime. Forming a Neighborhood Watch group on your block is the first step to making and keeping your neighborhood safe.

What will I learn?

  • Who your neighbors are and how to work with them to deter crime.
  • How to use a neighborhood map and roster to communicate.
  • How and why crimes happen.
  • How to improve home security and personal safety.
  • How to recognize and report suspicious activity.
  • How active Neighborhood Watch groups with visible Neighborhood Watch signs can deter crime.

Who can participate?

Anyone who lives in Oakland can participate in Neighborhood Watch whether you live in an apartment, condominium complex, townhouse, or a single family home.

I’m Interested! What are the next steps?

  1. Call the Oakland Police Department, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Marlon Guzmán, at (510) 238-4523.
  2. Contact your neighbors; find out the best time for them to attend a meeting (typically a weekday evening about 6:30 or 7:00 PM).
  3. Schedule the meeting.
  4. Distribute flyers inviting neighbors to the Neighborhood Watch meeting about 7 to10 days before the meeting. The Police Department can supply flyers.
  5. On the day of the meeting, give your neighbors a call or flyer to remind them.

Click the resources below for more information:

Get Involved In Your Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council

Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils (NCPC’s) are made up of Oakland residents working in partnership with the Oakland Police Department and other city agencies to address ongoing problems in their neighborhoods. The NCPC that you reside in is determined by the police beat you reside in. The Havenscourt neighborhood area has a total of four different police beats: 27Y, 29X, 30X, and 30Y (as pictured).

Click here to learn more about neighborhood crime prevention councils.

Click here to see which police beat you live in and to get information about your NCPC contacts and meeting dates.

Havenscourt neighborhood police beats map