Neighborhood Watch groups began forming in Newport News in 1981, and in 1983 the Neighborhood Watch Coalition was established as the governing body of the city’s neighborhood watch groups. The objective of the Neighborhood Watch Coalition is to bring together representatives of the watch groups in the city to establish a rapport with each other, prevent community deterioration, educate citizens on crime issues, create harmony, and partner with the Newport News Police Department to reduce crime throughout the city and their neighborhoods.
The Coalition provides a broad range of services to Neighborhood Watch groups to include training, disseminating crime prevention information and promoting the principles of crime prevention such as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED). CPTED, or a security survey, is a service the Newport News Police Department offers for residential and commercial property owners where a Community Resource Officer conducts an assessment of the property and offers security tips. CPTED assessments of properties and neighborhoods are not intended to make them crime-proof; however, crime should be reduced if CPTED strategies are properly applied and maintained. CPTED recommendations should complement other traditional forms of crime prevention, such as security systems, neighborhood watch groups and target-hardening techniques.
To request a CPTED security survey or if you are interested in establishing a neighborhood watch group, contact your respective police precinct and ask to speak to your Community Resource Officer.
Central Precinct, 611 Dresden Drive, 591-4978
North Precinct, 368 DeShazor Drive, 369-3105
South Precinct, 3303 Jefferson Avenue, 975-5000
If you are not certain which Police Precinct your neighborhood falls, please call 757-928-4295.