Block Watch

Community Crime Patrol reports

Emergency or Not?

Call 911 immediately in situations involving:


Smoke (seen or smelled)

Serious injury to a person (stoppage of breathing, broken bone, bleeding)


Shooting (seen or heard)

Fighting with a weapon (gun, knife, club)



Sex crime

Missing child

Call 614-645-4545 in other situations such as:

Community dispute

Non-injury auto accident

Minor theft

Minor property damage

Block Watch Resources

Block Watch Handbook from the Columbus Police Deaprtment:

Block watch — Handbook

Some useful lists:

Block watch — Checklist for Starting a Neighborhood Watch Program

Block watch — Suggested Block Watch Guidelines

Block watch — Prepare Your Home for Vacation

Block watch — Safety Checklist for Apartments

Block watch — Crisis Referral List

Instructions for marking valuables with ink that becomes visible under ultraviolet (UV) light:

Block watch — UV Pen Instructions

Website for monitoring local police scanner broadcasts:

* Select ‘Franklin County, OH’.

.    Either click the map or fill in information (State, Location, or ZIP Code).

* Find ‘Columbus Police Zones 1-5’ in the table.

* Click the speaker icon in the ‘Listen’ column to the left.

The Nature of Block Watch

Each day, crime and the fear of crime threaten communities. Residents change their plans and lifestyles because they fear going out after dark. Parents and children are afraid to use local parks where criminals meet, and businesses refuse to put shops in areas they believe are unsafe. It often seems as if nothing can be done to make neighborhoods safer places in which to live and work. The block watch can help solve these problems.

Today, community policing allows the police and residents to work together to solve issues involving crime and social concerns in their community. Block watches are one of the original foundations of community policing. In a block watch, residents serve as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Members look out for neighbors and their property and report suspicious activities to the police.

But block watches are more than looking out for suspicious activity in neighborhoods. Through community mobilization, neighbors, businesses, co-workers, and students form an active partnership in the community. Block watches allow individuals the opportunity to discover common interests and goals that they share with their neighbors. As residents work together to prevent the possibility of crime in their area, they develop a sense of community spirit that encourages more activism.

If you would like to get more information about block watch, please contact us by voice-mail at (614) 398-2240.

Page last updated 05/28/2012