Neighborhood Watch is a volunteer driven crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in your area. In it you will get to know and work with your neighbors, and learn how to:
San Diego Neighborhood Watch (SDNW) is a volunteer organization established and maintained by Neighborhood Watch Coordinators in the San Diego area. SDNW began several years ago when Marcella Teran became involved with SDPD Captain Boyd Long, who was in command of the SDPD Northern Division at that time, to help restructure Neighborhood Watch throughout Northern Division. What started in Pacific Beach with four Neighborhood Watch groups, grew to 59 active groups in 2016.
SDNW continued to develop through a collaborative effort between the Neighborhood Watch Coordinators in Clairemont, University City, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and La Jolla. The resources on this website were initially created by University City Community Association's Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Barbara Gellman. Barbara Gellman organized and grew the University City Neighborhood Watch program to 90 active groups.
The information on how to set up and maintain a Neighborhood Watch program and the City Services Contact List was obtained from the City of San Diego's Neighborhood Watch program and the San Diego Police Department. Volunteer Neighborhood Watch Coordinators for a region and Captain's from a neighborhood rely on the Community Relations Officer in their region to provide a connection to the San Diego Police Department. Contact us for more information on the history of San Diego Neighborhood Watch or to start a Neighborhood Watch in your area.
No signs on your street?
Contact us and we can check our list to see if there is a coordinator in your area.
Determine the San Diego Police Division you live in, contact your specific division and request to speak with the Community Relations Officer.
Do you have Neighborhood Watch Signs on your street?
If so, you may already have a program. Ask your neighbors if they are aware of a program in your area and for the contact information of the Captain.
If you do not have a Neighborhood Watch in your area nor do you have a Neighborhood Watch Coordinator in your area, you can begin Neighborhood Watch by contacting the San Diego Police Department's Community Relations Officer in your area. Neighborhood Watch is also supported by the San Diego Sheriff's Department and the San Diego City Council.