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Newport News Now is a daily e-newsletter that launched in March 2016. Articles that ran in our newsletter between March 2016 and March 2018 are available on these pages. Newsletters produced beginning in April 2018 can be viewed on our new daily newsletter page.

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Aug 28

Neighborhood Watch Groups and Newport News Police Work to Keep City Safe

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 10:05 AM by Communications Department

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. neighborhood watch

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.