Block Watch Program
The foundation of Anthem Neighborhood Watch’s (ANW) security program is the block watch concept, which is fundamentally neighbors helping neighbors keep watch on their surroundings. The block captain holds the key position in this concept. Once a block captain is assigned and attends a first training session, the Warning sign is installed on a light standard at the neighborhood entrance, alerting potential criminals that neighbors are informed and alert.
The primary responsibilities of a block captain include:
- Communicating with neighbors about crime prevention tips, current crime activity, upcoming neighborhood gatherings and ANW sponsored community events/training;
- Encouraging neighbors to quickly report suspicious activity to the appropriate law enforcement agency;
- Welcoming new neighbors on the block to inform and share crime prevention information;
- Attending ANW’s community public trainings/events to gain local law enforcement updates;
- Encouraging neighbors to share contact information, especially during vacation periods;
- Sharing new information with neighborhood captains as needed;
- Participating in community activities such as Anthem Days, Autumnfest, and G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) to promote crime prevention efforts, as you are able.
ANW also encourages block captains to participate in neighborhood gatherings about once a year as a means to encourage neighbors to know and watch out for each other, especially as homes have sold and new neighbors have moved in.
In general, being a block captain takes about an hour a month, but means a great deal to the ultimate safety and security of the community.
As an expansion of the block watch concept, ANW is also aiming to further coordinate information and resources through neighborhood captains. A neighborhood captain works with designated block captains to ensure that they have any new information and to relay any concerns or requests for assistance to the ANW executive committee. There are several blocks within a neighborhood, and 100 neighborhoods throughout Anthem.
If you would like to sign up to learn more about the block watch program or to be a block or neighborhood captain, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.