Community Watch


P: (336) 513-5449
P: (336) 229-3540

What is Community Watch?
Community Watch is a Crime Prevention program that involves citizens working with each other and with law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. It involves:
  • Citizens protecting themselves and their property by using common sense crime prevention practices
  • Neighbors getting to know each other, watching out for each other, and acting on or reporting suspicious activities
  • Citizens working with groups, community leaders, and more importantly, law enforcement agencies to make entire communities free from crime

It is basically neighbors watching out for each other. Its intention is to make criminals aware that if they commit a crime in a Community Watch neighborhood, it will be reported to the police.

How to Start a Community Watch
You can start your own Community Watch in the City of Burlington by:
  • Contacting Greg Turner, Crime Prevention Specialist, with the Burlington Police Department at (336) 513-5449 or (336) 229-3540. Greg Turner will provide you with the necessary materials and offer technical advice.
  • Setting up a meeting with as many neighbors as will come. Plan to meet in a church, school, or in someone's home (make sure to include the Crime Prevention Officer).