Neighborhood Watch

Los Altos Neighborhood Watch Program

The Neighborhood Watch program is a cooperative program between residents and the Police Department. Individual neighborhoods are encouraged to unite and form their own groups.

The Police Department can assist you in forming a Watch group or get you connected with your Neighborhood Watch Captain. For assistance with either, please submit an Neighborhood Watch Information Form or contact Crime Prevention at (650) 947-2775.

Crime Prevention Tips

Burglaries are often random crimes of opportunity. In an effort to protect you, your family and property we offer the following crime prevention tips:

  • Always lock up: An unlocked door or window is an open invitation to a thief. Most homes are unlawfully entered through an unlocked door or window.
  • Report suspicious activity: Many criminals case neighborhoods looking for residents’ patterns of activity. If you see suspicious people or vehicles in your neighborhood, report your observations to the Police Department right away.
  • Daytime occurrences: Professional thieves know most people work during the day, so most break-ins occur during day time hours.
  • Get to know your neighbors: The most valuable tool is a good neighbor - especially stay-at-home parents or people who are retired or who work from home - as they can be a watchful eye in your neighborhood during the day.
  • Use anti-theft devices: Alarms, video surveillance cameras, dogs, lighting, and defensible plants, such as roses and citrus bushes, are a deterrent to criminals.
  • Well-lit homes: Be sure you have good lighting surrounding the exterior of your home and use timers on inside lighting when you are not home.
  • Operation identification: Create an inventory list of all valuables marked with your Driver License number or other identification number. Contact your Crime Prevention Officer for more details.

Dial 9-1-1 immediately to report a crime in progress and any suspicious activity, persons, or vehicles in your neighborhood.