The District 6 (Waikiki)

Community Policing Team

808-723-3349



Starting a Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Security Watch, Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Apartment Watch, Crime Watch -- no matter what it's called, this is one of the most effective and least costly answers to crime. Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention; they can be a stepping stone to community revitalization.

 

Phase One: Getting Started -- Meetings, Block Captains, and Maps

• Form a small planning committee of neighbors to discuss needs, the level of interest, possible challenges, and the Watch concept

• Contact the Honolulu Police Department Community Affairs Division or your District’s Community Policing Team, to discuss Neighborhood Security Watch and local crime problems. Invite a police officer to attend your meeting

• Publicize your meeting at least one week in advance with door-to-doorfliers and follow up with phone calls the day before

• Select a meeting place that is accessible to people with disabilities

• Hold an initial meeting to gauge neighbors' interest; establish purpose of program; and begin to identify issues that need to be addressed. Stress that a Watch group is an association of neighbors who look out for each other's families and property, alert the police to any suspicious activities or crime in progress, and work together to make their community a safer
and better place to live

 

Phase Two: When the neighborhood decides to adopt the Watch idea; Elect a coordinator

• Ask for block captain volunteers who are responsible for relaying information to members on their block, keeping up-to-date information on residents, and making special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people. Block captains also can serve as liaisons between the neighborhood and the police and communicate information about meetings and crime incidents to all residents

• Establish a regular means of communicating with Watch members—e.g., newsletter, telephone tree, e-mall, fax, etc.

• Prepare a neighborhood map showing names, addresses, and phone numbers of participating households and distribute to members. Block captains keep this map up to date, contacting newcomers to the neighborhood and rechecking occasionally with ongoing participants

• The Honolulu Police Department, trains all new Watch members in home security techniques, observation skills, and crime reporting. Residents also learn about the types of crime that affect the area

• If you are ready to post Neighborhood Security Watch signs, check with police department to see if they have such eligibility requirements as number of houses that participate in the program

• Organizers and block captains must emphasize that Watch groups are not vigilantes and do not assume the role of the police. They only ask neighbors to be alert, observant, and caring—and to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police

• The Watch concept is adaptable. There are Park Watches, Apartment Watches, Window Watches, Boat Watches, School Watches, Realtor Watches, Utility Watches, and Business Watches. A Watch can be organized around any geographic unit

 

Tips for Success

• Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to collectively decide upon program strategies and activities

• Consider linking with an existing organization, such as a citizens' association, community development office, tenants' association, housing authority

• Canvas door-to-door to recruit members. • Involve everyone -- young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner

• Gain support from the police department. This is critical to a Watch group's credibility. This agency is a major source of information on local crime patterns, home security, other crime prevention education, and crime reporting

• Get the information out quickly. Share all kinds of news -- quash rumors

• Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, do victimization surveys, and learn residents' perceptions about crime. Often residents' opinions are not supported by facts, and accurate information can reduce fear of crime

• Physical conditions like abandoned cars or overgrown vacant lots contribute to crime. Sponsor cleanups, encourage residents to beautify the area, and ask them to turn on outdoor lights at night

• It's essential to celebrate the success of the effort and recognize volunteers' contributions through such events as awards, annual dinners, and parties. To help meet community needs, Neighborhood Watches can sponsor meetings that address broader issues such as drug abuse, gangs, self-protection tactics, isolation of the elderly, and crime in the schools

• Don't forget events like National Night Out or a potluck dinner that gives neighbors a chance to get together. Such items as pins, t-shirts, hats, or coffee mugs with the group's name also enhance identity and pride

 

If you would like more information concerning the Neighborhood Security Watch Program, please contact Sergeant Henry Lee:

District 6 Community Policing Team - (808) 723-3349
Email - hlee@honolulu.gov


"Let's Make a Difference Day!"

Going Green Recycling Event

Going Green Recycling Event

Going Green Recycling Event

Going Green Recycling Event

Going Green Recycling Event

Going Green Recycling Event

COMMUNITY TRAFFIC AWARENESS PARTNERSHIP

COMMUNITY TRAFFIC AWARENESS PARTNERSHIP

COMMUNITY TRAFFIC AWARENESS PARTNERSHIP

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On Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 7 a.m. at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue in Kuhio Beach Park the Waikiki Improvement Association's, Waikiki Ohana Workforce and the Honolulu Police Department's, District 6 Commnuity Policing Team teamed up for "Make a Difference Day" Beach Clean Up. 108 business and community members participated in the clean up which covered the beach area from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to Kaimana Beach.

A community recycling event at Jefferson Elementary School located at 324 Kapahulu Avenue. Accepted items: scrap metal, TVs, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, computers, cell phones, ink cartridges, batteries, HI-5 containers, used eyeglasses, pet food, towels and blankets, cooking oil, clothing and canned goods for the HI Food Bank.

A community recycling event at Jefferson Elementary School located at 324 Kapahulu Avenue. Accepted items: scrap metal, TVs, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, computers, cell phones, ink cartridges, batteries, HI-5 containers, used eyeglasses, pet food, towels and blankets, cooking oil, clothing and canned goods for the HI Food Bank.

A community recycling event at Jefferson Elementary School located at 324 Kapahulu Avenue. Accepted items: scrap metal, TVs, fire extinguishers, propane tanks, computers, cell phones, ink cartridges, batteries, HI-5 containers, used eyeglasses, pet food, towels and blankets, cooking oil, clothing and canned goods for the HI Food Bank.

On January 23, 2015, Waikiki Community Members and the District 6 Community Policing Team distributed 500 HPD Safety Tips for Pedestains and conducted a Traffic Safety Sign Waving on Ala Moana Blvd/Hobron Lane area.

On January 21, 2015, Waikiki Community Members and the District 6 Community Policing Team distributed 250 HPD Safety Tips for Pedestrains in the Waikiki Area. Flyers were also distributed to Jefferson and Waikiki Elementary and JTB Travel Inc.




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Date

Time

Title

05/07/2016

1600

D6: LEIS OF ALOHA FESTIVAL

05/14/2016

0900

D6: FILIPINO PARADE & FIESTA

05/21/2016

0630

D6: 37th ANNUAL VISITOR INDUSTRY CHARITY WALK

05/22/2016

0530

D6: HONOLULU EKIDEN RELAY

05/27/2016

1830

D6: TROY BARBOZA LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN

05/30/2016

0900

D6: MEMORIAL DAY PARADE


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