|Safe City Mississauga’s Neighbourhood Watch Program increases community safety by inspiring residents to look out for their neighbour, and their neighbour’s property. The entire program is offered at no-cost. The program utilizes theories of Crime Prevention Through Environment Design (CPTED), social development, and community mobilization to help residents make their neighbourhood safer. All our Neighbourhood Watches receive a CPTED Audit of their neighbourhood, a community set-up meeting with Safe City Mississauga and Peel Regional Police, crime prevention information, presentations, materials, and resources. All streets participating in our program receive City signage labelling them as Neighbourhood Watch streets – reminding criminals that their chances of being immediately reported are higher. More than that, Neighbourhood Watch inspires residents to take back their neighbourhood from crime; and while the program has been shown to reduce criminal activity, one of the greatest benefits is that it brings people closer together, into a stronger community.
||Nearly all studies show that Neighbourhood Watch areas are associated with lower levels of crime, and research indicates that implementing a Neighbourhood Watch can reduce neighbourhood crimes by up to 61% (Bennett, Holloway, & Farrington, 2008). In 2015, Safe City Mississauga contracted Social Impact Squared to conduct a social impact study on the Program. It was determined that our Neighbourhood Watch streets decreased their property crime by 36% within their first year in comparison to streets with no Watches (see Reports). Safe City Mississauga puts an additional edge on our Watches by providing them with individualized CPTED audits. This evidence-based approach focuses on looking at the environmental changes that can be made to make the neighbourhood safer. By making a few small changes, your neighbourhood becomes unappealing to would-be offenders to commit a crime, and has been seen to reduce property crime on its own by 80% if implemented correctly.