Saratoga Surveillance camera petition: www.tinyurl.com/camerapetition
Neighborhood Safety is top on my city council agenda for Saratoga. Here are resources and links that may help you.
1 Watch the Neighborhood Safety Video click here or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHBBZ8XVIHU 2 Top 25 Safety Tips and your path to adopting safety best practice click here or visit http://www.RishiKumar.com/tips 3 Your chance to collaborate, innovate, stimulate safety best practices for Saratoga...Join the Safe Saratoga Citizen's Collaboration Forum https://www.facebook.com/groups/safesaratoga Take the safety survey http://www.tinyurl.com/LetUsChat 4 The 10-step process to establishing Neighborhood Safety Watch programs www.RishiKumar.com/NSW Find your neighborhood here or perhaps start a new one by emailing rkumar<at>saratoga.ca.us 5 Listing of new Neighborhood Safety Watch initiatives I have launched so far www.RishiKumar.com/NSW 6 City of Saratoga Safety page http://www.saratoga.ca.us/stayingsafe 7 The Saratoga crime spreadsheet (by Fred Burger) http://tinyurl.com/SaratogaCrimeSpreadsheet 8. Subscribe to crime reports from your neighborhood https://www.crimereports.com/ (it is a free service) 9. Weekly crime summary http://www.saratoga.ca.us/cityhall/sheriffs_office/weekly_activity_summary.as 10. Neighborhood Safety Watch program explained - How to start a neighborhood Safety Watch for your neighborhood? Watch the video here or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVKX_W6iQfI - What is a Neighborhood Watch program, Role of a Neighborhood Watch Captain/Coordinator, Role of a block captain are all explained here http://www.RishiKumar.com/nsw - Presentation on Neighborhood Safety Watch http://tinyurl.com/PrezSafetyWatch - An hour long HOW TO video www.RishiKumar.com/SafetyVideo - A Neighborhood Watch overview slide deck http://tinyurl.com/PrezSafetyWatch,
Launch a Neighborhood Safety Watch
FOR AN INTERESTED HOST version 2 Thanks for your interest in launching a neighborhood safety watch program for your neighborhood It was good to chat with you today As we discussed, we have initiated / re-ignited Neighborhood Safety Watch program in about 50 neighborhoods of Saratoga since June 2016. This meeting will enhance the safety of your home plus the neighborhood. We help your neighborhood get certified with our Sheriff department so that our city can place a sign in your neighborhood. With this tried and tested City of Saratoga program, it connects the neighborhoods, and has neighbors watching out for each other. MEETING AGENDA - The typical modus operandi of Saratoga break-ins - Neighborhood Safety Best Practice, Dos and Don’t - Discuss the framework of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program - Jumpstart your neighborhood safety watch program - Q&A with Councilmember Rishi Kumar (any topic is fair game)
The end result: A safer, informed, aware and connected neighborhood + our city will put up a "Neighborhood Safety Watch" sign in your neighborhood. There are 50 neighborhoods who are already established with this program or in the works.
How about your neighborhood? An hour long meeting will get you on your path.
Let me know if you have questions Thanks RIshi
FOR AN INTERESTED HOST version 1 Thanks for reaching out to request a meeting and launching a neighborhood safety watch program for your neighborhood We have initiated / re-ignited Neighborhood Safety Watch program in about 27 neighborhoods since June. You can see the list here at www.RishiKumar.com/nsw and the 10 step formula we have to take your neighborhood to the finish line. There are many more being scheduled almost every week. Councilmember Kumar's interns do the heavy lifting, the hand holding to ensure that the Neighborhood Safety program goes live and is alive and kicking. Plus, we help your neighborhood get certified with our Sheriff department so that the city can place a sign in your neighborhood. With this tried and tested City of Saratoga program, it connects the neighborhoods, and has neighbors watching out for each other. Makes a huge difference. Councilmember Kumar's plan is to have a grid of Neighborhood Safety Watch active programs in Saratoga - neighbors watching out for each other.
Hosting an hour long meeting and inviting your neighbors to this meeting is the first step. This meeting will enhance the safety of your home plus the neighborhood. You will make some new friends, everyone will know you after...and everyone in the neighborhood will love you for doing it :-) What is a Neighborhood Safety Watch? Click here
A TYPICAL AGENDA FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING: The objective of this meeting is to enhance the safety of your neighborhood, roll out a Neighborhood Safety Watch MEETING AGENDA - The typical modus operandi of Saratoga break-ins - Neighborhood Safety Best Practice, Dos and Don’t - Discuss the framework of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program - Identify Neighborhood Captains, Block Captains - Q&A with Councilmember Rishi Kumar (any topic is fair game) HOSTED BY: YOU WHEN: Date and time you pick WHERE: Your home RSVP: http://www.Tinyurl.com/LetUsChat How does the meeting flow? - Meeting kick-off by host - Introduction by neighbors, everyone takes turn - Rishi discusses the current state of safety in the city, some statistical information/ background/ context, provides some tips and hints, best practices for a safer neighborhood - Neighbors ask questions about safety or other burning topics as it pertains to our city - Rishi introduces the concept of the Neighborhood Safety Watch - a city of Saratoga program - If the neighbors are interested to move forward, with the help of Rishi they will then establish the framework of the Safety Watch program, identify neighborhood leaders, block captains etc. The end result: A safer, informed, aware and connected neighborhood + our city will put up a "Neighborhood Safety Watch" sign in your neighborhood.
BLOCK THE DATE NOTICE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD We have established a neighborhood email group (as part of our neighborhood engagement process) and subscribed a few folks from the neighborhood, including you Can you please send Block the date notice to the neighborhood? An email today, with another reminder to follow the week of the event You can do so by emailing ?@googlegroups.com Below is a draft of the message, feel free to tweak
==== SUBJECT: Mark your calendars: Neighborhood meeting <Date> Hello neighbors, We are excited to invite you to our home to a neighborhood meeting that will help enhance the safety of our neighborhood. <2 to 3 lines Brief introduction of yourself>
We are interested in launching a Neighborhood Safety Watch program at this meeting. A Neighborhood Safety Watch is a tried and tested City of Saratoga program, it connects the neighborhoods, and has neighbors watching out for each other. Makes a huge difference towards a safer neighborhood. Don’t we all want a more connected neighborhood?
-WHERE:??? - WHEN: ?? - RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/LetUsChat - Hosted by ???? at their home
The objective of this meeting is to enhance the safety of your neighborhood, roll out a Neighborhood Safety Watch MEETING AGENDA: - The typical modus operandi of Saratoga break-ins - Neighborhood Safety Best Practice, Dos and Don’t - Discuss the framework of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program - Q&A with Councilmember Rishi Kumar
Hope to see you Regards, - YOUR NAME
FOR HOST: HERE ARE THE NEXT STEPS/ PLAN OF ACTION FOR A SUCCESSFUL NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY MEETING (This is directed to the person hosting the neighborhood meeting) - You should pick a date for the neighborhood meeting. Rishi will propose a few alternates - Rishi will design a flyer/print to be dropped by everyone in the designated area. - We will cover the following streets - our target for the safety watch. - This may be the time to start thinking/planning (by the host) #1 How do you want to break up the distribution of flyers in the target streets #2 Who are the neighborhood leaders who will lead this effort? #3 How should we break up the neighborhood into smaller zones - each zone containing 7 to 10 homes #4 Who are the block captains that will manage each zone; work with the neighborhood leaders as well as their specific zone neighbors to help establish this safety watch. - Recommended reading links What is a Neighborhood Watch program? What is the role of a Neighborhood Watch Captain/Coordinator? What is the role of Block Captain? You can find the explanation here http://www.RishiKumar.com/NSW - Each of us will invite friends/neighbors, kids etc in the neighborhood to join this publicity blitz effort to ensure we have a well attended meeting, by knocking on doors and dropping flyers. We recommend engaging your friends/neighbors from the local neighborhood for the flyer drop-off. The conversation is so much easier and the opportunity to meet socially is just too compelling - you will end up with a pretty good turnout. - Please plan to post the meeting notice on Nextdoor or your neighborhood email group the Friday before the meeting - On the meeting day, Rishi will plan to be there and walk through the safety issues in Saratoga, provide some tips and hints and the reasons behind adopting a Neighborhood Safety Watch Program. If the neighborhood thinks it is a good idea, we will move forward by establishing leaders from within the neighborhood. - For a successful meeting, the barometer is the ability to lineup 2 Neighborhood Safety Watch Captains from within the neighborhood, and many Neighborhood Block Captains, a captain for each zone.. This *has* to be driven by the neighbors intrinsically. - Rishi will help the Neighborhood Safety Captains take this program to fruition
SCRIPT FOR THE FLYER DROP - Objective is to go knock on door, inform them of the meeting, and get their email address (only if *they* are interested so that they can be subscribed into the Neighborhood Watch email group) I am your neighbor on <Street Name>. I have lived here for YZ number of years I am here to invite you to a neighborhood meeting, the objective being to connect our neighbors and make our neighborhood safer. There are break-ins happening in Saratoga; a break-in every 3.2 days *2016 data* a citizen analysis concluded, with approx $2M worth of stuff stolen from Saratoga homes. Crime report spreadsheet is at http://tinyurl.com/SaratogaCrimeSpreadsheet You will notice that this year, the situation is a bit better than last, but we are being proactive in engaging our neighborhood on this topic with this neighborhood meeting. This meeting with walk through dos and don’ts, best practice, to better protect our homes. The topic is "Neighborhood Safety", we would love to explore launching a Neighborhood Safety Watch that will help connect our neighbors and help us all be alert. The meeting is this <TIME> - <point to address on flyer> We also have established a neighborhood email group for communication. YOu can find it at.... Question - are you subscribed into the neighborhood email group? Would you like to be subscribed? (Grab a paper or type the email on your smart phone and make sure they are subscribed into the google group Can you please RSVP by gong to tinyurl.com/LetUsChat (point to the URL on the flyer) If they ask ask a question on who will be at this meeting? We should have about 20 neighbors join this meeting and that will be enough for us to get the process initiated. Councilmember Rishi Kumar will be at the meeting to help our neighborhood through the steps You can also ask him other questions, bring up other issues INSTRUCTIONS for flyer drop: Please carry a clipboard, gives a purpose to your walking the neighborhood, and once you engage in a conversation, note down information such as their emails to subscribe them into the neighborhood email group You may leave flyers under the mat for neighbors who are not at home. Print a map and check of streets when done (Do not open the mail box, if no one at home, leave the flyer under the mat at the porch)
EMAIL - REQUESTING FOR HELP WITH FLYER DISTRIBUTION: Hope you are well. We have a neighborhood meeting scheduled in your neighborhood <Date> to discuss neighborhood safety best practice and get the neighbors to know each other. A short one hour meeting will get us on the path to start a Neighborhood Safety Program, with some established safety best practice...You can see the details of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program at http://rishikumar.com/nsw
HOSTS: NAME WHERE: ADDRESS WHEN: ??? Request your support with this effort: We would love to get your support for this effort - get the word out by dropping flyers on your street We have seen that the outreach is most effective when done the week prior to the meeting i.e starting this weekend and finishing up by Thursday of next week Here is the plan - thanks in advance for your help Street1: <OWNER> Street2: <OWNER2> Street3: <OWNER3>
Flyers have been printed and are sitting at....<ADDRESS> Please pick up your stack with your designated street name on it. Plan to walk and knock on doors and talk to the neighbors - see script below. You can drop flyers any time of the day (except when it gets dark) - please drop them all off by Thursday next week (Do not leave flyers inside the mailbox, that is not legal. If no one answers the door, leave it under the mat at the porch) Let me know if you have questions Thanks Rishi
A TYPICAL AGENDA FOR THIS NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING: The objective of this meeting is to enhance the safety of your neighborhood, roll out a Neighborhood Safety Watch MEETING AGENDA - The typical modus operandi of Saratoga break-ins - Neighborhood Safety Best Practice, Dos and Don’t - Discuss the framework of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program - Identify Neighborhood Captains, Block Captains - Q&A with Councilmember Rishi Kumar (any topic is fair game)
SCRIPT FOR THE FLYER DROP - Objective is to go knock on door, inform them of the meeting. The talking script could go something like this: I am your neighbor on <Street Name>. I have lived here for YZ number of years I am here to invite you to a neighborhood meeting, the objective being to connect our neighbors and make our neighborhood safer. There are break-ins happening in Saratoga. Crime report spreadsheet is at http://tinyurl.com/SaratogaCrimeSpreadsheet You will notice that this year, the situation is a bit better than last, but we are being proactive in engaging our neighborhood on this topic with this neighborhood meeting. This meeting with walk through dos and don’ts, best practice, to better protect our homes. The topic is "Neighborhood Safety", we would love to explore launching a Neighborhood Safety Watch that will help connect our neighbors and help us all be alert. The meeting is this <TIME> - <point to address on flyer> We also have established a neighborhood email group for communication. YOu can find it at....https://groups.google.com/group/viasaratoga Question - are you subscribed into the neighborhood email group? Would you like to be subscribed? (Grab a paper or type the email on your smart phone and make sure they are subscribed into the google group Can you please RSVP by gong to tinyurl.com/LetUsChat (point to the URL on the flyer) If they ask ask a question on who will be at this meeting? We should have about 20 neighbors join this meeting and that will be enough for us to get the process initiated. Councilmember Rishi Kumar will be at the meeting to help our neighborhood through the steps You can also ask him other questions, bring up other issues INSTRUCTIONS for flyer drop: Please carry a clipboard, gives a purpose to your walking the neighborhood, and once you engage in a conversation, note down information such as their emails to subscribe them into the neighborhood email group You may leave flyers under the mat for neighbors who are not at home. Print a map and check of streets when done (Do not open the mail box, if no one at home, leave the flyer under the mat at the porch)
FOR POSTING ON NEXTDOOR or EMAIL GROUP BY HOST (AFTER WE HAVE DROPPED FLYERS) PLEASE POST ON FRIDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETINGI look forward to seeing you this weekend Thanks for hosting Here is the email I suggest sending to your neighborhood email group???? and Next Door - please tweak as needed - RIshi
PLEASE POST Today
SUBJECT: Neighborhood Safety discussion on Saturday Hello neighbors, We are hosting a neighborhood meeting at our home and you are invited. The objective of this meeting is to enhance the safety of <our neighborhood>, discuss safety best practice and roll out a Neighborhood Safety Watch. HOSTED BY: ?? WHERE: ??? WHEN: ??? RSVP: www.tinyurl.com/LetUsChat
Neighbors from the following streets will be in attendance: ???? You are invited to join the email group so that we can all communicate neighborhood happenings with each other ???? Join this Saturday meeting to get the facts, and some tips on how we can enhance the safety of our home from Saratoga's Councilmember Rishi Kumar. He has initiated many new neighborhood Safety Watches (see the list here www.RishiKumar.com/nsw) in Saratoga and perhaps we can launch one in our neighborhood, connect our neighbors and keep an eye for each other.
MEETING AGENDA - The typical modus operandi of Saratoga break-ins - Neighborhood Safety Best Practice, Dos and Don’t - Discuss the framework of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program - Identify Neighborhood Captains, Block Captains - Q&A with Councilmember Rishi Kumar (any topic is fair game)
Hope to see you <YOUR NAME> FOR THE HOST OR PERSON SENDING THE SUMMARY STATUS AFTER MEETING #1 SUBJECT: NEIGHBORHOOD meeting update from the weekend
Thank you to many who attended our neighborhood safety meeting last Saturday! To all who missed the meeting, I recommend reading this. Here are items covered below in the email Meeting Summary Neighborhood Leaders Identified Top 25 Safety Tips- neighborhood call to action Our neighborhood email group, please invite your neighbors Planning our Neighborhood Safety Watch group Immediate next steps Long term roadmap for our neighborhood Safety Links for your reference
MEETING SUMMARY The objective of the meeting was to discuss ways that we can be more connected,stay informed, apply deterrents around our home and enhance our neighborhood safety. Saratoga’s Councilmember Rishi Kumar was at this meeting Below are topics covered by Councilmember Rishi Kumar: 1. Safety tips to increase neighborhood safety 2. The modus operandi of criminals in Saratoga 3. Proposals to increase neighborhood safety 4. The possibility of starting a neighborhood watch program. 5. In the future: Crafting a neighborhood agenda that includes: Surveillance cameras, An annual neighborhood "Meet your Neighbors" Block party , and a Neighborhood Preparedness initiative.
NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS IDENTIFIED At our neighborhood meeting we identified our neighborhood leaders who will help steer this Safety Watch program for our neighborhood Neighborhood Safety Captains - NAMES Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness - We are looking for leader who will lead the earthquake and emergency preparedness for our neighborhood Neighborhood Block Party Team - We would like someone to run this block party in summer
THE TOP 25 SAFETY TIPS LINK - YOUR CALL TO ACTION Here is the link that Rishi referenced at the meeting http://www.RishiKumar.com/tips which has the “top 25 safety tips .. This website is an excellent resource with details on how to keep your home safe, placing easy but very compelling deterrents around and inside our home to make it difficult for our homes to be broken into. It also has information like the non-emergency Sheriff number that we should store on our cell phones as we are taking our walks around the neighborhood to report suspicious behavior. I highly recommend that you read the TOP 25 SAFETY TIPS and start with implementing only 3 ideas from this list....that will get you started. This link www.RishiKumar.com/nsw also details the structure of a neighborhood watch program that we are likely going to proceed forward with.
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD EMAIL GROUP We have launched an email group for our neighborhood. Here is the url http://groups.google.com/group/ReidLane . You are already subscribed. My request to you: Please forward this information to others who may be interested to subscribe to this email group or if they are interested to join this Neighborhood Safety Watch program. Why not have everyone benefit from the collaboration and dialogue via this email group? Yes, we also recommend your neighborhood join NextDoor.com, but google group is very effective in maintaining neighborhood communication containing the communication within a smaller subset. Moderator of this email group: NAME
PLANNING THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY PROGRAM After the meeting, we started to lay the groundwork for a Neighborhood Safety Watch Program in our neighborhood. The Neighborhood Safety Captains will deliver a complete deck that structures the program. We have divided up the neighborhood into many blocks of 7-10 homes, each referred as a zone. Each zone will be led by a Neighborhood Block Captain in that zone.I will email the neighborhood a zone map Once we have all the Block Captains lined up we will send you a summary that has the name, contact information for your block captain. The Neighborhood Safety Captains lead the effort for our neighborhood, for all the zones. The Neighborhood Safety Captains work with the Neighborhood Block Captains towards establishing the components for the success.
The role of a Neighborhood Block Captain is to connect the 7 to 10 neighbors of their zone. It is a simple role and we would love to have you volunteer. The Block Captains collect information from their immediate neighbors such as name, email, phone #s etc, and launch an email / text message for their zone neighbors to ensure the communication channels are open and leveraged to the max. The information collected will be secure and only shared between the neighbors and upon agreement rolled up into a master directory that will be maintained by a neighborhood leader i.e the Neighborhood Safety Captain. No one outside the neighborhood will have access to this data. The information will be stored on an encrypted USB key. If the neighbors give permission, the email of the neighbors will be subscribed into the Neighborhood email group by the neighborhood leader running the email group. This information will NOT be shared with city of Saratoga staff or anyone else, and *may* be shared with law enforcement, emergency crew as needed.
Having established this communication in place, the neighbors of that zone are proactively communicating, letting each other know of their vacation plans with requests to keep an eye etc. Many blocks even start their own quarterly zone party, rotating the quarterly gathering from home to home within that zone. This is highly recommended. Each set of zone should get to really know each and that will significantly enhance the safety of the neighborhood.
Our neighborhood will follow 10 simple steps that lead towards the success of our Neighborhood Safety Watch program and Councilmember Rishi Kumar + his interns will help our neighborhood team. The 10-step process to establishing Neighborhood Safety Watch programs is explained here www.RishiKumar.com/NSW. The intern team of Isha Mehrotra <isha.icecream<at>gmail.com>, Rohan Mehrotra <Rohan200m<at>gmail.com> are working with 30+ neighborhood groups and are available to help us too as needed. The geographical area of our Neighborhood Safety Watch is at www.RishiKumar.com/NSW. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please contact us
- IMMEDIATE NEXT STEPS At the meeting we have all attending down as the Neighborhood Block Captains. We now need to fill the gaps/remaining zones with block captains. Please volunteer by letting one of the Neighborhood Safety Captains know that you are interested to help (see the section above where we explain the role of a block captain, it is simple). Our Neighborhood Safety Captains may organize a meeting with the Neighborhood block captains to explain the program or perhaps it would be explained over email/ phone. We do need everyone's help to recruit block captains in the neighborhood established zones. You may expect to get a phone call or email from one of the Neighborhood Safety Captains to help with that
Once this Neighborhood Safety Watch program is established, we will have a more connected and more vigilant neighborhood. Our Sheriff will then certify our Neighborhood Safety Watch program upon which we will have a few “Neighborhood Safety Watch” street signs placed in our neighborhood by the city of Saratoga for no charge - the location decided by our neighborhood. The sign is only a sign, the framework of this program continues to provide value over the years and will immensely benefit our neighborhood. Once registered with the city, we may have access to Saratoga grant towards our Neighborhood Safety Watch program and it’s projects. We will re-ignite this program annually at our Neighborhood Block Party. We will launch other initiatives as a collective neighborhood effort e.g paving of streets with the help of our city, neighborhood earthquake preparedness, putting surveillance cameras, having other safety focused neighborhood meetings etc.
- HOW TO INSTALL A NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEILLANCE CAMERA Here is a typical approach for installing neighborhood surveillance cameras at the entrance to our neighborhood. We can carve out a plan that works best for our neighborhoodhttp://www.rishikumar.com/pilot
- LONG TERM ROADMAP FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOOD: We have discussed an annual block party. Would you be interested to lead one? This annual block party will enable an annual touch point for this Neighborhood Safety Watch and help re-ignite it. We also need a Neighborhood Preparedness leader to lead our neighborhood with emergency planning and awareness. It would be nice to have a high student be the webmaster to manage / build the neighborhood website. But these items will eventually happen, but for now the focus is the launch of our Neighborhood Safety Watch. We will start discussing a neighborhood surveillance camera initiative and a neighborhood preparedness initiative. But that is for the future. Here is an overview of the surveillance cameras neighborhood solution that is currently being rolled out, visit www.RishiKumar.com/pilot
RELEVANT SAFETY LINKS 1 Watch the Neighborhood Safety Video click here or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHBBZ8XVIHU 2 Top 25 Safety Tips and your path to adopting safety best practice click here or visit http://www.RishiKumar.com/tips 3 Your chance to collaborate, innovate, stimulate safety best practices for Saratoga...Join the Safe Saratoga Citizen's Collaboration Forum https://www.facebook.com/groups/safesaratoga 4 The 10-step process to establishing Neighborhood Safety Watch programs www.RishiKumar.com/NSW 5 Listing of new Neighborhood Safety Watch initiatives launched so far www.RishiKumar.com/NSW 6 City of Saratoga Safety page http://www.saratoga.ca.us/stayingsafe 7 The Saratoga crime spreadsheet (by Fred Burger) http://tinyurl.com/SaratogaCrimeSpreadsheet 8. Subscribe to crime reports from your neighborhood https://www.crimereports.com/ (it is a free service) 9. Weekly crime summary http://www.saratoga.ca.us/cityhall/sheriffs_office/weekly_activity_summary.as 10. Neighborhood Safety Watch program explained - How to start a neighborhood Safety Watch for your neighborhood? Watch the video here or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVKX_W6iQfI - What is a Neighborhood Watch program, Role of a Neighborhood Watch Captain/Coordinator, Role of a block captain are all explained here http://www.RishiKumar.com/nsw - Presentation on Neighborhood Safety Watch http://tinyurl.com/PrezSafetyWatch
CITIZENS’S SAFETY FORUM LINK Join the Saratoga Citizen’s Safety FORUM. Your chance to collaborate, innovate, stimulate safety best practices for Saratoga. Join this Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/safesaratoga It includes polls on possible safety measures, and will help gauge Saratoga residents’ opinions towards these proposals. Plus many safety related discussions happen here. Many working sub-committees have been formed that focus on specific safety topics, perhaps you can lead one
Stay tuned for more info to come soon. YOUR NAME
ANNOUNCE YOUR ACHIEVEMENTS ON NEXT DOOR, INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN YOU Safety Captains, You may want to publish your newly established Neighborhood Safety Watch (NSW) program and the email group on Next Door A recently initiated NSW neighborhood did just that and saw a steady increase in sign-ups on their google group. And they also found a few more block captains. Here is a proposed verbiage —-- SUBJECT: Join the <Neighborhood Name> Email group Hello neighbors, I am the Neighborhood Safety Captain leading the Neighborhood Safety Watch program for <Neighborhood Name> Our designated geographical area is between <>>>> and consists of the following streets. We started this program <month>, and it has been effective to connect neighbors, and make our neighborhood safer As part of this effort, we have also established a Neighborhood Email group.
If your home lies in the above specified geographical zone, I would like to invite you to join this neighborhood email group. When you make a request, please mention the street you live on and how long you have live there - we will follow a verification process before we approve you into our neighborhood email; we want to make sure that outsiders are not able to snoop into neighborhood conversation, read about our vacation plans and such information This email group is your opportunity to Stay CONNECTED and stay INFORMED with what’s happening in YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NextDoor is good too, but not everyone is on NextDoor, plus given there is so much information on NextDoor, we decided to create our own neighborhood email group, that makes it easy for all to tune into neighborhood relevant info. You can subscribe at http://groups.google.com/group/<NAME> OR You can email <Your email address> to be subscribed into the Neighborhood email group Contact me and I will send you the details of our Neighborhood Safety Watch deck, the geographical area, our list of Neighborhood leaders, and other neighborhood initiatives that we are launching.
Perhaps you want to get involved? Just let me know Let me know if you have questions. - Your name
FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WATCH CAPTAINS / LEADERS EXPLAINING THE NSW PROCESS SUBJECT: Process for a successful Neighborhood Safety Watch launch Dear, <NAMES>
Thanks for your willingness to lead the Neighborhood Safety Watch Program. Your neighborhood will benefit immensely based upon my personal experience. Below are some recommended next steps and the process to ensure the success of your Neighborhood Safety Watch program. The process is really quite simple. See the overview of the 10 steps process here www.RishiKumar.com/NSW
It will only take a few few hours of your time over the next few weeks to get it done. It may look a bit overwhelming now based on the detailed process description below, but it is really simple once you get it going. The important thing is to have it on your radar, follow through, persist and get it done The success of this launch hinges upon strong leadership and good to have you leading it. I am available to help. So also my interns Isha, Rohan <isha.icecream <at> gmail.com>, <Rohan200m <at>gmail.com> who are currently working with 30+ neighborhood groups of Saratoga and understand this topic well. They will get you started by filling up the Neighborhood Certification template - step 9, see below
NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WATCH READING LINKS - The 10-step process to establishing Neighborhood Safety Watch programs www.RishiKumar.com/NSW - Top 25 Safety Tips and your path to adopting safety best practice click here or visit http://www.RishiKumar.com/tips - Watch the Neighborhood Safety Video click here or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHBBZ8XVIHU - How to start a neighborhood Safety Watch for your neighborhood? Watch the video here or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVKX_W6iQfI - What is a Neighborhood Watch program, Role of a Neighborhood Watch Captain/Coordinator, Role of a block captain are all explained here http://www.RishiKumar.com/nsw - Presentation deck on Neighborhood Safety Watch http://tinyurl.com/PrezSafetyWatch - An hour long HOW TO video www.RishiKumar.com/SafetyVideo
EMAIL COMMUNICATION We have launched an email group for your neighborhood. Here is the url http://groups.google.com/group/<URL>. You are already subscribed. My request to you: Please forward this information to others in the neighborhood who may be interested to subscribe to this email group or if they are interested to join this Neighborhood Safety Watch program. Why not have everyone benefit from the collaboration and dialogue via this email group? Yes, we also recommend your neighborhood join NextDoor.com, but google group is very effective in maintaining neighborhood communication.
JUMP STARTING THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM You are the Neighborhood Safety Watch Captains and I will work closely with you to execute the framework of this program towards enhancing the safety of your neighborhood. - We have a few block captains that have signed up already. The names of the folks who have signed up to be the block captain are on the sign up sheet sent to you. All the neighbors who showed up are signed-up to be Block Captains, unless they declined the role at the meeting. The sheet should be marked up Here are the 10 steps. Lots of details, please read and let me know if you have questions. 1 - DONE: THE KICK-OFF MEETING: We publicly announced this Neighborhood Meeting, dropped flyers and emailed/called neighbors to this meeting. At this meeting we have identified a few Neighborhood Safety Captains (at least 2) and a few Zone Block Captains. We have also explained the purpose of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program and how it will help the neighborhood. On the sign-up sheet you will find the list of block captains who have volunteered. This meeting was a a critical component - as it brings the collective energy of the neighborhood together to work collaboratively for the benefit of the neighborhood. 2 -DONE ESTABLISH COMMUNICATIONWITH NEIGHBORHOOD: Establish a neighborhood email group established (if one does not exist). Subscribe the meeting attendees into the new email group. The moderator of the group currently is <NAME>. One of the Neighborhood Safety Captains should email a meeting summary to the neighborhood email group. You should see an email from me that you can tweak for this purpose. We recommend that you create a flyer announcing this email group - something very simple - and dropping this flyer at every home, knocking on doors if needed to spread the awareness. You will notice the awareness of this email group happen by word of mouth and many more eventually subscribing over the next few months. NOTE: If a neighborhood email group already exists, we contact the moderator of the email group to subscribe the meeting attendees into the neighborhood email group and request moderator authorization for one of the Neighborhood Safety Captains through the course of the implementation of this program. 3 DIVISION INTO ZONES: (Isha and Rohan will help you with this step). Divide your neighborhood into various zones - each zone a cluster of homes ~7 to 10 homes in each zone. Some neighborhoods will have 5 zones, some will have 30+ zones - depending on how large the designated geographical area is for the Neighborhood Safety Watch. We recommend having at least a few streets in the dragnet - why not spread the wealth? From this will emerge a neighborhood zone map. We recommend that you print the map (from google maps or any other source), divide your designated geographical area of the neighborhood into zones, scan the document into a PDF and upload it to slideshare or an online website, so that you can have it available to your neighbors electronically. Alternately (if this sounds complex), you can just take pictures of the pages and email it to your neighbors. 4 RECRUIT BLOCK CAPTAINS: The next step is for you to identify gaps with Block Captains. If we already have 50% of the Block Captains in place, we are in good shape and ready to be certified. We have a few that have signed up at the neighborhood meeting (step#1 above) - place these Block Captains on your neighborhood map. That picture will show you the gaps. We now need to recruit new block captains and fill the gaps. This is likely the most difficult task in this effort. Best approach is to talk to folks you know in the neighborhood and have them make recommendations. Please ask help from neighbors to recruit block captains, perhaps go knock on a few doors on the streets where you need to recruit. Identify gaps and fill them. Review the section at http://www.rishikumar.com/nsw on "RECRUIT BLOCK CAPTAINS" 5 MEETING #2 WITH BLOCK CAPTAINS: The next step is for you meet with the Block Captains. You should invite the ones who have signed up and also invite the larger neighborhood if you are intending to recruit a few more. You should now provide them their zone map and the overall neighborhood zone map. Get to know them. Explain the role. Their role is simply stated to start a communication protocol between their zone neighbors; collect contact information such a Names, Email, Phone #s from their immediate neighbors - everything else is optional. Explain the importance of moving forward with the Neighborhood Safety Watch program.. Explain to them their task which is to compile a zone contact directory for their specific zone. You can invite Rishi Kumar and his interns to this meeting to answer questions and get everyone on the same page. It is all downhill after this meeting. 6BLOCK CAPTAINS COLLECT INFORMATION FROM NEIGHBORS TO COMPILE A ZONE DIRECTORY: Each Block Captain will be requested by the Neighborhood Safety Captain to compile a zone directory. What is a zone directory? A zone directory contains contact information+ other relevant details for the neighbors in the zone of that Block Captain. This information is shared across the zone neighbors to help connect them, help with the communication and get them to know each other. Here are alternate options that you can provide to the block captains towards this task: OPTION ! - Copy this Google form http://tinyurl.com/BlockCaptainForm and email each block captain a link. Change the name of each form to the name of the Block Captain. NOTE: Do not send the original Google form link - but send the link created once you have copied it. Copy it as many times as needed and provide the link of the copied form to each block captain OPTION 2 - Some Block captains can find the Google form complicated. Here is the simple approach. For them, you can recommend that they download the block_captain_information_request_2-14.doc from here http://dehavillandcox.weebly.com/blockcap.html and email / print for neighbors of their zone that they can fill and submit back to them. OPTION 3 - Here is an even simpler alternate. Just knock on the doors of the zone neighbors and collect the info,. - Each Block captain will request information from the neighbors of their zone and will follow-up until they have the information back from almost all the neighbors in the zone. Some neighbors may be shy, and may not participate - which is OK. Just remember, much of the requested information is optional. Listen to concerns raised from the neighbors and act accordingly. Address any concerns raised, tweak the model if needed. 7 ZONE COMMUNICATION IS ESTABLISHED BY BLOCK CAPTAINS: Once Block Captains have all neighbors info collected and compiled, they will share it with all the neighbors in that zone. This excel spreadsheet will be used to communicate between the neighbors of each zone and for each neighbor to have referable information for the neighbors of their zone. Each zone will establish a protocol for communication that could be email/ text messages / phone calls - something that works for them. We highly recommend creating a new email group for communication between Block Captains and Neighborhood Captains. 8MASTER DATABASE: Each of the Block captains will email their completed zone directory to you, the Neighborhood Safety Captain, and from this Neighborhood Safety Captain will build a master neighborhood database / spreadsheet. Ideally, not more than two Neighborhood Safety Captains should hold the master record. Do not leave this document on the cloud, or on your laptop. Once it is completely place it on an encrypted USB Key dedicated to hold this master directory. You will update this master database with new information from the block captains as they emerge, with neighbors moving out, and new neighbors moving in. Neighborhood Safety Captains have now built a master spreadsheet based upon the zone data from each Block Captain. Some zone neighbors do not want their data published on the master spreadsheet - which is absolutely fine. The Neighborhood Safety Captain or the Email group moderator will also subscribe the emails from this master spreadsheet into the neighborhood email group (as long as they have permission to do so) 9 . CERTIFYING YOUR PROGRAM: Download the certification template from www.RishiKumar.com/nsw just find the section "CERTIFYING YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WATCH PROGRAM”. Fill it up and email it to email@example.com. Isha and Rohan can help you with filling the template. Our city staff or Councilmember Rishi Kumar will help schedule an all-hands meeting with the sheriff to get the Neighborhood Safety Watch program certified. You can invite the larger neighborhood to this meeting or only the block captains. If you invite the larger neighborhood, you should once again print flyers and drop off at neighborhood homes or just post the information on the neighborhood email group. By now you should have a pretty good volunteer team for this effort. Every block captain should be able to drop off flyers to the neighbors of their zone. 10.REGISTER YOUR PROGRAMAND SIGNS ARE PLACED : Yeah, your neighborhood got certified! Time to have a neighborhood party..but not yet. You should now register your Neighborhood Safety Watch program with the city of Saratoga. Our city has created a page to allow Neighborhood Watch groups to register online The registration form can be accessed from the City website: www.saratoga.ca.us/stayingsafe Request a sign to be posted (Rishi can help with that). There is no cost to the neighborhood for this sign. You get to pick the location(s) for the sign(s).
NICE TO HAVE Now that we have done all this good work, why not continue to harness that and help the neighborhood even more? - Plan an annual neighborhood gathering, a block party (how fun!). This will also become an annual touch point (this is a must to ensure your program is alive and kicking) with all the block captains. Request the block captains to once again refresh their zone database before the block party. Introduce the block captains to the neighborhood and you will always find a neighbor who is now excited and wants to participate or one that just moved in and had no clue about the existence of the Neighborhood Safety Watch program. Team up with the block captains to spread the word on this block party, print flyers, send emails to the neighborhood email group etc. - If you can find a volunteer to design a home page for your neighborhood that will be very useful Here is a sample neighborhood home page http://dehavillandcox.weebly.com/ - Having a Neighborhood Preparedness Initiative is also a good thing - you may want to identify a leader to spearhead that
We are happy to help with the logistics of the setup as needed Let me know if you have questions Thanks Rishi
NSC ASKING BLOCK CAPTAINS FOR HELP SUBJECT: Block Captains, request your help Hello Neighborhood Block Captains, Thanks for volunteering your time towards the safety of our neighborhood. As you know, our neighborhood has rolled out a neighborhood Safety Watch program based on a neighborhood meeting conducted a few weeks ago. You can see the detailed explanation of a NSW program here - www.RishiKumar.com/nsw We have split up our neighborhood into many small zones - you can see the details here <provide PDF link> We have YZ zones, N Neighborhood Safety Captains and have AB block captains in place, including yourself. We appreciate you leading the effort for your zone.
As of today, we have established the parameters of the Neighborhood Safety Program and are ready to get certified. A meeting with the Sheriff is planned for <DATE AND TIME> Hope to see you there
The role of the Block Captain is the following: #1 Compile the names, emails and phone numbers from neighbors that belong in your zone (5 to 10 neighbors). This is NOT a major time commitment. You can find the templates you need for this task at www.RishiKumar.com/nsw (search for "Templates for the Block Captain"). You also have the option to collect information via Google Form. Let us know and we can provide you a copy of this Google form http://tinyurl.com/BlockCaptainForm that you can send via email to your neighbors. #2 Setup a communication mechanism using the information collected (email or text), so that neighbors of your zone can keep each other informed about happenings, and any planned vacations to ensure your neighbors can keep an eye for each other. #3 Provide the finished zone directory to NSC CAPTAIN that will be compiled into a Master Directory for the neighborhood
Let us know if you have any questions - SIGNED NAMES OF ALL NEIGHBORHOOD CAPTAINS
ROUND 2 MEETING : ASKING HELP WITH FLYER DROP Hello all, We have a Round 2 neighborhood meeting scheduled on Saturday to help progress our Neighborhood Safety Watch effort that was initiated last weekend. Thanks Stephanie for hosting this Saturday’s meeting. NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WATCH MEETING NAME OF HOST AND ADDRESS DATE AND TIME: ? We would love to get your support for this effort and get the word out by dropping flyers Sorry about the short notice, but we have a October 19th deadline and a few folks are leaving town - so we had to schedule this round 2 meeting ASAP
Here is the plan for the flyer drop. I really appreciate your help with the outreach by picking up flyers at <FLYER PICK UP ADDRESS> and letting folks know at your designated street by knocking and dropping flyers. Here are the streets with your name placed against a street You have anywhere from 20 to 25 homes (that many flyers should be picked up) Ljepava + Hickoyr Hill: Name1 Miljevich (Saratoga Sunnyvale to Kilbride): Name2 Miljevich (Kilbride to Shadow Mountain): Name3 This will likely take a couple hours of your time, and again thanks! Do let me know ASAP if for any reason you are unable to do so You can drop flyers any time of the day (except when it gets dark) - please drop them all off by Friday afternoon. Let me know if you have questions Thanks Rishi
——SCRIPT FOR DISCUSSION WITH NEIGHBORS ---- We had a meeting on Regan Lane last Saturday to discuss the Saratoga break-ins that have seemingly spiked this year. At this meeting, we decided to launch a Neighborhood Safety Watch program for our neighborhood We have another neighborhood meeting scheduled on ><TIME>< to advance our Neighborhood Safety Watch initiative - Point to date and time on flyer + address Yes, we are moving fast as we hope to get certified as a neighborhood on an October 19th meeting with the Sheriff and City Council. The main objective of Saturday's meeting is to identify a few more Block Captains and answer questions of those who were unable to attend the meeting at NAME. This is a wonderful opportunity to make our neighborhood safer, prevent crime from happening. Can we hope to see you make the meeting?
Here is the flyer that we will be dropping off
MEANT FOR NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY CAPTAIN TO POST ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD EMAIL GROUP ROUND 2 MEETING : NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING, TO RECRUIT MORE BLOCK CAPTAINS Hello friends, You may recall our meeting in <TIME>, and our initiative to launch a neighborhood safety watch program (what is the program? Clickhere) Since then, we have seen about 30 new neighborhood safety watch programs coming alive in Saratoga due to the break-ins (see spreadsheet which has the details here and the list of neighborhoods here) and many are already reaping the benefits, with a connected neighborhood - a safer neighborhood How about we get this going here too? I am working with Councilmember Rishi Kumar and his interns to get this jump started.
Love to get your help too, get this program established and the neighborhood collectively benefits. I will be calling some of you over the course of the next few days to identify block captains and neighborhood leaders to help with this effort I seek your help to take this to the finish line We have a city wide meeting on October 19th - it would be nice to see the neighborhood certified and ready The end result would be a safer, more connected neighborhood - the rewards of which are plenty
Please call me at <PHONE NUMBER> if you would like to help Thanks so much! PS: For Safety tips and hints to protect your home click here or visit http://www.RishiKumar.com/tips DETAILS ON: WHY NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY WATCH? Neighborhood Watch Program is considered one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear in our neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch Programs forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve. Neighborhood Watch program was initiated in America in 1972 and is probably one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country. We used to have night watchmen in the old days – this seems to replicate that with a contemporary version. This contemporary version does not mean that neighbors are patrolling the neighborhood, but just keeping a keen eye and being vigilant and alert as they are out and about. There is active communication between neighbors when they are gone on vacation. This program brings citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer – there is an active partnership between law enforcement and neighborhoods. Statistically, launching Neighborhood Safety Watch programs are a proven mechanism to drop crime in America. Why is it effective? It reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation, but engaging every citizen and every neighbor towards being more alert and reporting suspicious behavior to the sheriff.
WE GOT CERTIFIED! What next....
SUBJECT: We got certified...now what? Hello Neighborhood Safety Captains, Congratulations to you and your neighborhood for getting your neighborhood certified yesterday! Kudos to your leadership, the leadership of your block captains and for all your neighbors who prioritized this initiative over the last few weeks and get certified. Please share this good news with your neighborhood! This is success...You all deserve to feel good at making this happen for your neighborhood The presentation by the Sheriff had some very good information, additional tips for your home - some of which will be eventually added here www.RishiKumar.com/tips . Here is the deck that was presented by our Sheriff team.
ONLY THE BEGINNING Do not let this effort go in vain. If the neighborhood can converge once or twice annually, you will find so much being accomplished with the collaborative efforts of neighbors, new leadership will emerge and the level of engagement will be so much more. The value prop is incredible! And your Neighborhood Safety Watch program will continue to thrive...the NSW watch sign placed on your street will continue to mean something.
NEXT STEPS FOR YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD: - Neighbors: Keep the communication going via your established email group. - Neighborhood Safety Captains should consider creating a separate email group (google group) to communicate with all the block captains, specially if you have more than 10 block captains. Let Isha/Rohan know and they can create one for you. - Neighborhood Safety Captain(s), with the help of the email group moderator should continue adding neighbors to the email group. New subscription could be based upon the zone directory / master directory - as long as neighbors give permission. Block Captains should mention the email group to their neighbors and the value of the new neighborhood email group should be 'marketed' to all. - Neighborhood Safety Captains : Continue recruiting/ filling gaps with new block captains. You can recruit by holding meetings with block captains on a quarterly basis, keep them engaged and expressing new ideas. The best approach to recruiting block captains is to have an annual block party and re-ignite the Neighborhood Safety Watch + recruit and fill open Block Captain spots. - Remember your certification template? Neighborhood Safety Captains, please continue to add details to your deck, that includes new block captains information. And occasionally send out the online link to this deck to your neighborhood, for them to see the progress. In a few months, you will likely have 100% block captains in place. It is a good idea to keep this document fresh, updated with the latest information every few months. - Block Captains: Continue building your zone directory and have established communication for your zone neighbors, whether email, text message, WhatsApp, or whatever format that works well for a majority. - Block Captains: Neighborhood zones should start their quarterly potluck gatherings, get familiar with each other, rotating the host every month/quarter. Block Captains should initiate this and establish a hosting calendar. - Annual Block Party: Neighborhood Safety Captains should also look to identify someone to chair the annual block party committee. Neighborhoods should start thinking of an annual block party when all the neighborhood zones can converge. Get familiar with each other. Make this an annual tradition NOT to be skipped. This is also an excellent opportunity to rejuvenate the Safety Watch. DO NOT let your NSW die down. - Neighborhood Preparedness: Neighborhood Safety Captains should find a Neighborhood Preparedness leader to keep the neighborhood focused on earthquake preparedness and this person should look to get CERT certified. - And how about recruiting a high school student to design a simple website for your neighborhood? A Facebook group or a WeChat group? - How about a neighborhood strategy on other items - like surveillance cameras? - Yes a lot of possibilities and work tasks. Important to work with your neighborhood and come up with a plan. - Most important thing - someone needs to own the neighborhood road map and keep pushing, by having it on the radar of things to do, that is all what it takes
MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS || BLOCK PARTY You will invariably find someone who is good at organizing their cul de sac party. Recruit them to lead this effort These gatherings could be in someone's home, backyard or even rent a place. If you plan to hold it on a city street, we recommend you get a permit from the City of Saratoga for no charge. The Block Party Chair should form sub-committees for ice-breaker games, food, setup, entertainment, kids games, clean-up (ALL) etc. Make it a neighborhood effort - an additional opportunity to get to know each other. You can schedule this the last weekend before school opens in August. You can also have Holiday parties or Halloween gatherings. Make sure these parties happen once a year without fail. Use this party to inform the neighborhood, introduce new neighbors. Make sure you introduce your Block Captains at these annual neighborhood gatherings, whether you do it on a cul de sac or someone's back yard - totally up to you. Remember, if you do it on a street and you are planning to block city street, you will need a permit (no charge) from the city of Saratoga. Here is the permit link http://www.saratoga.ca.us/thingstodo/event_permits.asp
NEIGHBORHOOD PREPAREDNESS: I highly recommend recruiting a Neighborhood Preparedness Leader for your neighborhood. Someone who can be in charge of providing basic earthquake preparedness information to your neighborhood. Example include: - Information about Earthquake kits that we should all have (week to 2 weeks supply of food/water) - Other earthquake safety tips eg. How to turn off the gas line when an earthquake hits Do you already have a designated leader? Please let your Neighborhood Preparedness leader know about upcoming CERT Training - that will help with the role They can contact Jim jim.yoke<at>sccfd.org and he will keep them updated with upcoming CERT training If you don’t have a point person - please email your neighborhood requesting someone to lead this effort It is a very important role for each neighborhood - and once in place, they keep the neighborhood informed and engaged with earthquake preparedness The Scout Motto is “BE PREPARED” - we just gotta!
LOVE TO GET YOUR FEEDBACK AND SUGGESTIONS: We together created a process for Neighborhood Safety Watch programs in Saratoga when none existed. We have generated consistent templates with the precise information that was needed to validate your program - made things easier for them. A process can always be improved - happy to sit down and discuss, get your suggestions. Our city is now formalizing many of these processes to ensure that we can have many more Neighborhood Safety Watch programs and once rolled out, stay alive and kicking for years.
This is only the beginning of connected neighbors in your neighborhood. Report away, stay vigilant, Always remember that your responsibility is to report crime. Do not take any risks to prevent a crime. The responsibility for apprehending criminals belongs to the police/sheriff. Thanks Rishi
WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON Surveillance Cameras for Saratoga?
We would love to get your opinion on Surveillance Camers. Take the survey http://www.tinyurl.com/CouncilKumarSurvey A few cities in California have implemented it: Fremont, Moraga, Redland, Lynwood Read the Saratoga News article here Policy consideration click here Here is concrete data on success of surveillance cameras program http://www.slideshare.net/rishi59/moraga-surveillance-camera Check this white paper - click here
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