Neighborhood Watch

This program adheres to simple philosophies; "neighbors watching out for neighbors," and communicating with each other. The program originated in 1982 with small groups of citizens or blocks of neighbors who simply watched out for each others well being. These small groups have grown into today's Neighborhood Watch Program, which includes over 200 blocks and more than 6,600 participants. The program continues to grow as more and more citizens continue to communicate and demonstrate concern for their neighbors and neighborhoods. 

See the current Neighborhood Watch Newsletter.

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Click here for the informational brochure
Click here for the interactive, fillable neighborhood watch interest card form
Click here for the neighborhood watch interest card PDF printable form


To qualify for the Neighborhood Watch Program, more than 50% of the block residents must wish to participate. Once 50% of the block residents volunteer to participate, an organizational meeting is scheduled to coordinate and explain the program, in addition to selecting a block captain from among the volunteers.


Once established, there are social benefits of the program as well. Not only does a Neighborhood Watch provide raised neighborhood awareness, enhance sense of community and cooperation, and increased person-to-person neighbor interaction, but gives members a sense of belonging and offers the opportunity to contribute to the greater good, a safe and healthy community.


Communication between neighbors is the best way to know when something is wrong in the neighborhood and should be reported to the police. Call the police anytime something appears to be out of place in your area.

The neighborhood and the community greatly benefit through participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program. The Skokie Police Department asks that any person interested in the program to please contact the Crime Prevention / Community Relations Unit at 847-982-5919.


Four times a year, the Department publishes a Neighborhood Watch Newsletter. The newsletter generally addresses a seasonal topic, such as "Halloween Safety" in the fall. Click on a link below to download a copy of the latest Neighborhood Watch Newsletter or review an older publication. See the current Neighborhood Watch Newsletter.