Community Watch


What is Community Watch?

Community Watch groups can be the “eyes and ears” of law enforcement.

Community Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residences, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. It involves:

Residents using common sense crime prevention practices to protect themselves and their property.

Neighbors getting together in programs of mutual assistance to prevent crime.

Residents being trained to recognize and report suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

A Community Watch is not:

A vigilante group

Residents pursuing criminal or becoming physically involved in the criminal event

Taking the law into your hands

Not an employee or agent for the police department

Why Start a Community Watch?

Police officers cannot be everywhere, so community involvement is essential. You and your neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your community. By cooperating with each other and the police, you can help reduce crime in your community in the most effective way -- by preventing it.

Why do residents mobilize?

Residents may come together for a number of reasons:
To get something done about an immediate problem
To problem-solve on issues and achieve future goals
To gather resources for community needs
To improve the quality of life in their community

What does a Community Watch look like?

Community Watch areas do not all look the same. Some Community Watches are defined geographically, while others may be defined on the basis of a common interest the members share

How can the police department assist with watching my house while I am gone?

The police department has the Vacation Property Watch Program that is conducted by the Sedona Community Police Alliance, under the direction of the Sedona Police Department. The Sedona Community Police Alliance will conduct periodic checks of your house and attendant property for the period of time shown on your request. This is a service of the Sedona Police Department and Police Alliance volunteers. The minimum watch period is five days, with a maximum period of thirty days within a six-month period. To request a property watch, please click on the blue link to the left for "Vacation Watch Request".

How can I get more information about Community Watch?

The police department started a Community Awareness Team and the members are trained in crime prevention trends and technique. They can come to your home association meetings or a meeting with a group of neighbors and give talks about the Community Watch. You can contact Crime Prevention Officer Jackie McQuaid at 282-3100 or email to set up a meeting