Neighborhood Watch

In the late 1960s, law enforcement agencies began to enlist active community members to help in the efforts to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes, thereby creating Neighborhood Watch Group. Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country.

Today, the Neighborhood Watch Program is just as crucial as it was 30 years ago. Throughout the years, the program has evolved to a more proactive approach to crime prevention. Neighborhood watch groups are now incorporating activities that not only address crime preventions issues, but also restore neighborhood pride and unity. It is not uncommon to see neighborhood groups participating in neighborhood cleanups and other activities which impact the quality of life for community residents.

Who can participate?

Everyone in West St. Paul! This program is free.

How do I go about setting up a Neighborhood Watch Group?


Contact Laura Vaughan, Crime Prevention Specialist at 651-552-4235 or lvaughan@wspmn.gov

What is discussed at the meetings?

Your neighborhood officer will be conducting the meeting.  The meeting will be set up by the neighborhood watch leader, but the police department is here to help organize them. The topics covered will be:
  • Use of 911
  • Security measure for homes
  • Current crime trends in your area and community-wide
  • What to report to the police department
  • And more!