Neighborhood Watch Program

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Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program which enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities. Neighborhood Watch Program in ForceNeighborhood Watch involves neighbors getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance; residents trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods - essentially, neighbors looking out for each other!

Over 400 residents participate as Neighborhood Watch Block Captains in the City of Manhattan Beach. 

Anyone Can Participate! City Residents, young or old, single or married, renter or homeowner!

Neighborhood Watch Program Brochure (PDF)

Why Neighborhood Watch?
There can't be a law enforcement officer on every corner, so citizen involvement is essential to combat crime. By cooperating with each other and law enforcement, people can help fight crime in their community the most effective way - before it begins!

Help us Paint the Town Orange!
We are always looking for new block captains!  If you would like to get involved, give us a call at (310) 802-5183, or fill out our Neighborhood Watch Interest Card.  Does your neighborhood have a Block Captain?  View a Neighborhood Watch Map (PDF).

The Police Department recently launched the “Paint the Town Orange” campaign with a goal of 100% of blocks in Manhattan Beach covered by block captains, and therefore, “painted orange.” We want you! Join our team of caring and dedicated block captains and help to “Paint the Town Orange.”

Neighborhood Watch is designed so that all residents are able to be involved no matter how much or how little time they have to participate.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Manhattan Beach resident
  • 18 years of age
  • No felony convictions / Pass a background check
  • Attend bi-annual NW meetings
  • A willingness to get to know your neighbors

Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Call the Neighborhood Watch Office (310) 802-5183
  2. Schedule an orientation meeting
  3. We take your photo and your fingerprints
  4. Once your background has cleared, you’ll be issued a NW photo identification card/lanyard
  5. You are ready to start!

Walk and Watch

Walking a dogOur dedicated Neighborhood Watch volunteers were looking for a creative way to reach more residents when the concept of “Walk and Watch” was developed. Generally, those who are regularly out walking, running, or enjoying the outdoors, have a sense of what is normal along their route and more importantly, will notice things that are out of place.

Whether you are taking a stroll along the Strand, jogging through your neighborhood, playing with your children at Polliwog Park, sunbathing in El Porto, throwing a ball for your pooch, or just out and about enjoying Manhattan Beach, take time to “Walk and Watch."

Reporting Suspicious Activity

Download the Walk and Watch Brochure (PDF).


Map Your Neighborhood - Disaster Readiness Among Neighbors
Neighborhood Watch and the Manhattan Beach Fire Department offer disaster response training sessions called Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) aimed at building and strengthening disaster readiness among neighbors.  This specialized training helps to prepare residents to care for themselves and their neighborhoods in the event of a disaster.

The reality of a major disaster is that emergency responders will not be available or accessible right away. Neighborhoods may need to respond to an array of situations including fires, injuries, and natural gas leaks.

Since 2008, the MYN program has empowered Manhattan Beach neighborhoods to prepare for disaster situations. The program helps save lives, reduces the severity of injuries and trauma, and reduces property damage. In addition, working together as a team and contributing as an individual develops stronger neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in the community.

Through MYN, residents learn 9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster to secure one’s home and to protect one’s neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following a disaster, and these steps help residents to quickly and confidently take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. The program encourages working together as a team to evaluate one’s neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.

Benefits of the MYN program:

  • Learn the 9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster through an interactive workshop
  • Develop a Neighborhood Skills and Equipment Inventory
  • Map your Neighborhood and identify areas of concern (gas meters, electrical panels, and water valves)
  • Verify which neighbors need extra help in a disaster such as the elderly, those with a disability, or children who may be home alone

Training for MYN

Contact the Manhattan Beach Fire Department at (310) 802-5203 for information about Map Your Neighborhood and for upcoming training dates. 

Download the Map Your Neighborhood Brochure (PDF)

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