Neighborhood Watch

The Neighborhood Watch program utilizes citizen involvement in the detection and prevention of crime.  Residents work together to keep their neighborhood safe.  The group can help educate other residents and make their neighborhoods safer by reporting suspicious and criminal activity.  


One of the main purposes of the neighborhood watch group is to know your neighbors.  The Neighborhood Watch groups get to know their neighbors by holding meetings, hosting block parties and keeping in touch through a Virtual Neighborhood Watch site.  Nextdoor is a great option for residents who would prefer a Virtual Neighborhood Watch.

Police officers can attend meetings to educate residents about crime prevention, personal safety, among other relevant topics.  

After reporting suspicious activity or a crime to the police department, residents are encouraged utilize a phone tree or virtual neighborhood watch site to disseminate information to other group members.

In 2019, the DeKalb Police will begin to utilize Nextdoor, a free social networking platform used for communication among people who live in close proximity to each other. The mission of Nextdoor is to provide families and public agencies with tools to enhance their communities and make them safer through a virtual neighborhood watch. 

Police Department staff uses Nextdoor to update residents on issues such as weather watches and warnings, crimes, or other emergencies. Nextdoor will not be monitored 24/7, so residents are reminded to report in-progress incidents by calling 9-1-1. To sign up for Nextdoor, go to and register with the use of an e-mail address and password. Your information can also easily be linked to an existing Facebook account, which accelerates the process. You will be asked to provide your home address, as well as your full name. This is to ensure that what you share on Nextdoor is only visible to those who live nearby. Once you gain access to your neighborhood’s site, search “DeKalb Police Department” and explore posts on the page.  

close carousel