Block Watch

This is a simple program of neighbors watching out for each other. It is designed to enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with the police to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

  • It is becoming acquainted with your neighbors.
  • It is working together to identify and solve problems in your community.
  • It is helping the police by being aware of and reporting any unusual activities as they occur. You know best what is “normal” activity in your neighborhood.
  • It is the implementation of crime prevention techniques to enhance home security.
  • It is putting neighbors back into neighborhoods.
  • It is not apprehending someone. Leave that to the police.

How Does Block Watch Work?

Block Watch works when you and your neighbors use simple techniques to deter, delay and detect crime, and improve the quality of life for the neighborhood.

Being aware of criminal activity can help in keeping your neighborhood safe. Promptly reporting all criminal or suspicious activity to 9-1-1 or Crime Stop at 602-262-6151 helps the police assist you in promoting a safe and healthy neighborhood.

How Do I Get Started?

Since the police are unable to cover every neighborhood at all times, you can help by forming a neighborhood Block Watch. You and your neighbors can stay safe by looking out for one another.

Start organizing your neighbors by scheduling a Block Watch meeting. Contact your Phoenix police precinct to schedule a presentation. At your meeting, your Community Action Officer (CAO) will explain how you can create an alert neighborhood by using simple crime prevention methods.

Get Going!

  • Canvas your neighborhood for interest. Concentrate on your street now and include adjacent streets later.
  • Ask about convenient times to schedule your initial Block Watch meeting.
  • Block Watch does not require frequent meetings.
  • It does not ask that anyone take personal risk to prevent crime.
  • Block Watch leaves the responsibility of apprehending criminals where it belongs, with the police department.

For more information on crime prevention tips, presentations, or to set up a Block Watch, please contact the Phoenix Police Department Block Watch Coordinator at 602-495-0597.


(A burglary prevention tool)
Operation Identification (Operation ID) is a citizen’s burglary prevention program for use in homes and businesses. The Operation ID program involves marking property with an identifying number as a means of discouraging burglary and theft. It also provides police with a way to identify property should it be stolen and recovered. In communities where it has been properly implemented, Operation ID has shown dramatic results in burglary reduction

Click here for the program flyer and the form

Important City of Phoenix Numbers:

Emergency: 9-1-1

Crime Stop (non-emergency): 602-262-6151

Police Information: 602-262-7626

Traffic Complaints: 602-534-SPEED (7733)

Graffiti Busters
(clean-up/removal): 602-495-7014

Graffiti Hotline (report): 602-262-7327

Illegal Dumping: 602-262-7251

Neighborhood Services:  602-262-7844

Street Transportation:  602-262-6284

Public Records:  602-534-1127


Information provided by
Phoenix Police Department
620 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003