Neighborhood Watch

Build a strong and healthy community by starting a Neighborhood Watch. Since its inception in 1972, thousands of communities have established Neighborhood Watches and made a real difference.

The Idaho Falls Police Department (IFPD) is a strong supporter of the Neighborhood Watch program and encourages citizens to get involved with it.

Crime Prevention


Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enables citizen's to take control of their community by providing them the tools, education and support they need to make their neighborhood safer . As well, improve the overall quality of life.

There are many benefits to starting a Neighborhood Watch Program:
  • Crime reduction
  • A better quality of life
  • A greater sense of security, responsibility, and personal control
  • Build community pride and unity
  • Preparing for helping ourselves and others in our community
  • Provide law enforcement agencies with volunteer support year round
  • Citizen's become the extra 'eyes and ears' of law enforcement

Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program


Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program is easy. Every resident - young or old, single or married, renter or home owner, business or household - can get involved and make a difference.

Here are some steps to start up a Neighborhood Watch:
  • Contact your neighbors. Find out who is interested in being active participant.
  • Contact the IFPD Neighborhood Watch Coordinator
  • Discuss community concerns with neighbors and develop an action plan
  • Hold regular meetings and train on relevant skills, i.e. basics in observation and reporting suspicious activity.
For more information about Neighborhood Watch contact the IFPD or visit USAonwatch.org.