Neighborhood Watch

Starting in 2018, with the approval of TPD, we are transitioning from the traditional block model of Neighborhood Watch to having a neighborhood-wide Neighborhood Watch. We will use the existing RHENA Listserv for communication, and have our annual NW meeting as part of our annual RHENA meeting each year in October. However, we need a NW Block Captain for each area of the neighborhood who has contact information for everybody in their group. There could be one Block Captain or Co-Captains, and the area could cover one or two blocks. We are looking for people to take on this role their block(s).

The Block Captain(s) should become familiar with the people in their area and know how to contact them in an emergency. They should meet new neighbors and get their contact information. Neighbors should know how to reach their Block Captain. As it's also important for neighbors to recognize each other, it would be nice to plan some kind of get-together, even if it's just gathering in the street on a nice evening. Neighbors don't need to be best friends, they just need to recognize each other. Getting house numbers painted on the curb for each house is highly recommended by TPD, so first responders can locate a house quickly in an emergency. The RHENA Board can assist with this.

Go to NW Block Captains to see if there is a Block Captain for your block. Contact your Captain(s) if you want to help, or if you want join NW for your block. If there is no Block Captain, and you might be interested, contact neighborhood.watch@rhenatucson.org for assistance.

Keep reading if you are interested in the process for forming a traditional Neighborhood Watch group.

Our goal is for every home in Richland Heights East to be part of a Neighborhood Watch (NW) Group. The Tucson Police Department (TPD) recommended that each NW group encompass one block, both sides of the street, but because our homes are far apart, they agreed that our groups should cover two blocks. So we need 12 NW groups to cover the 6 interior streets.

To include every home in RHE, we also need Watch Groups for Prince Rd, Tucson Blvd, Ft Lowell Rd, Avia Ricca, and Richland Dr. Because the exterior streets are only one side of the street, one group can cover each. This comes to a grand a total of 17 NW Groups.

As of April 2018, we have seven (7) active NW Groups. Go to NW Map to see which blocks have active NW Groups.

If you live in one of the areas that does not yet have a NW Group, please consider becoming a NW leader or co-leader and establishing a group for your area. The rules are simple, and the process of meeting your neighbors is fun.

Here are the steps for a Neighborhood Watch leader and co-leader. (The NW Committee will work with you every step of the way! See below for contact information.)

  1. Visit each home in your area to get an indication of how many people are interested in participating, and get their names, phone numbers & email addresses. The NW Committee will provide a list of neighbors we already know as your starting point. Explain the process and try to get a commitment from each home.
  2. Contact TPD Community Outreach Officer Kara Curtis to schedule a meeting (her number is 837-7428, email Kara.Curtis@tucsonaz.gov).
  3. Let your neighbors know the date, time and location of the meeting.
  4. At the meeting, introduce Kara and she will run the meeting. Get those present to check their information on the sign-up sheet, adding as much contact information they can. Get volunteers to commit to assisting with painting house numbers on curbs (see step # 6).
  5. Distribute the filled-in sign-up sheet and a plot map of your area to each participant (if you give the sheet with changes from the meeting to Sandy, she will provide you with a completed sheet and the map).
  6. Paint house numbers on the curbs of all houses in your Watch area (Linda has the paint and stencils for you to use).
  7. When new residents move into your NW area, invite them to be involved, and add them to the sign-up sheet. Send updated sign-up sheets to existing members and a copy to Sandy.
  8. Hold a NW meeting each year.

You can see the City of Tucson Neighborhood Watch web page at www.tucsonaz.gov/police/neighborhood-watch and the TPD brochure "Neighborhood Watch - A Leaders Guide to Getting Started" at www.tucsonaz.gov/files/police/nhw.pdf.

Email neighborhood.watch@rhenatucson.org or call Sandy at 325-6496 to get started. We will help you in any way we can.


The Safety, Health & Consumer Council contacted the RHENA webmaster and asked us to provide a link from our website to their organization's Guide to Securing Homes.

Break-ins happen much more frequently than most people think -- and it's always a devastating experience. The Safety, Health & Consumer Council's Guide to Securing Homes was developed to help promote safety and prevention awareness. It also includes key steps and preventive measures that can go a long way in keeping homes safe and secure while everyone is away.