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Crime Tip 05-04 - Away From Home

Article Source:  Robert Riechel
CRIME TIP From The San Bruno Citizens’ Crime Prevention Committee

English Version

Away From Home

Secure Your Sliding Patio Doors

Secure Your Side Gates

Utilize the San Bruno Police Department's Vacation Watch Program

Crime Prevention Committee

San Bruno Police Department

911 or 650-616-7100

Seguridad para el Verano 

Asegure las puertas rodadizas de el patio 

Asegure las rejas laterales

Use la información de la policía de San Bruno de el programa 

de vigilancia cuando está de vacaciones


Comité de la Prevención Contra el Delito

Departamento de la Policía de San Bruno

911 or 650-616-7100

The San Bruno Citizens Crime Prevention Committee meets the 2nd Thursday monthly at 7:00 p.m., currently via ZOOM.  The Public is welcome to attend.

The agenda for the upcoming meeting should be posted on the committee web page


Approved minutes for previous meetings should also be posted here.

The #1 task of the committee is to work to increase the number of Neighborhood Watch blocks in San Bruno.

QUESTION:  Why should San Bruno citizens consider starting a Neighborhood Watch along their block?


1. The Neighborhood Watch Program is a highly successful effort that has been in existence for more than thirty years in cities and counties across America. It provides a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, and citizens to work together to protect our communities.

2.  Neighbors for decades have banded together to create Neighborhood Watch programs. They understand that the ACTIVE participation of neighborhood residents is a critical element in community safety - not through vigilantism, but simply through a willingness to look out for suspicious activity in their neighborhood, and report that activity directly to law enforcement and to each other. In doing so, residents take a major step toward reclaiming high-crime neighborhoods, as well as making people throughout a community feel more secure and less fearful.

3.  Many neighborhoods already have established Neighborhood Watch programs that are vibrant and effective. For those that do not, the San Bruno Police Department is prepared to work with residents to participate in this important community-based effort on behalf of their friends and neighbors. When you help your neighbors, you help your community.

4.  Steps To Start YOUR NHW Block:  

Distribute the San Bruno Citizens’ Crime Prevention NHW brochures to those residents of a block so that each one can understand what NHW is all about and what they would be committing to do, if they become a member of the NHW block.  The NHW unit should be a block.  All members of a NHW block should be able to SEE their full block.  This way all neighbors become more EYES & EARS along a single block, and when they see and or hear something they feel is out of place and or illegal or in need of EMERGENCY or Police involvement, THEY will immediately call either 911 or 650-616-7100 and report it.  When most of the residents along a single block agree they will participate, a member of the San Bruno Police Department will attend an introductory meeting with the resident to answer questions and assist them in selecting their BLOCK captain.  ALL residents are directed to call 911 or 650-616-7100 DIRECTLY and not call their block captain and ask him/her to report their observations.  The person calling the San Bruno Police Dpartment will usually have to answer questions asked by the San Bruno Police Department that the block captain may not be able to answer.           

5.       BOTTOM LINE:  Residents actively participating in a Neighborhood  
Watch Block work towards assisting San Bruno EMERGENCY personnel to make their block just a little SAFER.

6.      EVERYONE WINS – Start YOUR Block

To request a citizens crime prevention committee member to contact you and answer your questions and or help you and your neighbors work to start your Neighborhood Watch Block, you should call the San Bruno Police Department non-emergency number 650-616-7100 and ask to leave your name and contact number with the San Bruno Police officer overseeing the San Bruno Citizens’ Crime prevention committee. Then a committee member will call you.

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