Neighborhood Watch

What is Neighborhood Watch?

Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program operated by residents of the City of Cotati, with the support of the Police Department. Its purpose is to create an alert citizenry by teaching residents simple crime prevention measures, and by providing information concerning crime in each neighborhood.

Neighborhood Watch encourages residents to familiarize themselves with the activities of their neighborhood by, for example, knowing who works during the day, which automobiles belong where, recognizing people who belong in the area, and noting those who do not. This basic knowledge, together with a few precautions, may prevent many crimes in our City.

Additional crimes may be prevented if residents take time to properly secure their homes, record serial numbers through the "Operation Identification" program, and report all suspicious persons and vehicles to the police.

As a participant in the Neighborhood Watch program, you will become better acquainted with your neighbors. A primary goal of Neighborhood Watch is to provide a way for one neighbor to help another by keeping a watchful eye on the other's property.

Neighborhood crime prevention programs are designed to reduce crime. If you want to reduce the odds of becoming a crime victim in your own home or neighborhood, please persuade your neighbors to join you in the Cotati Neighborhood Watch program. Stopping crime is everyone's business. If you do your part in neighborhood crime prevention, you'll be doing yourself and your community a big favor.

For further information about Cotati Neighborhood Watch, call the Cotati Police Department at 707-792-4611.