The National Neighborhood Watch Institute (NNWI) Participant's Handbook states:
Always remember that your responsibility is to report crime. Do not take any risks to prevent a crime or try to make an arrest. The responsibility for apprehending criminals belongs to the police/sheriff."
Neighborhood Watch participants act as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement. They do not take the law into their own hands. The National Neighborhood Watch motto is, "We Look Out For Each Other".
Neighborhood Watch in El Cerrito is a program designed to partner residents with the Police Department. The program encourages residents to join with their neighbors and build a safer place to live, work and play by educating them to help prevent crime. The goal is for neighbors to watch out for one another. The Police Department supplies information to these neighborhood groups and assists them in various crime prevention techniques.
To schedule an officer for a Neighborhood Watch in your area, contact Sergeant Ian Wong at 510-215-4418.
Vacation House Notification
Help safeguard your home while you go out of town by notifying the Police Department. An officer will conduct periodic checks of your residence while you are out of town. By submitting the vacation notification, the Police Department will also be able to contact you or your emergency contact, should the need arise. To request a vacation home notification, submit the online vacation house notification approximately two weeks prior to your departure.