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Block Watch
Block Watch is a neighborhood based crime prevention program designed to reduce crime and the fear of crime in residential areas. Burien Police promote the program and assist community residents in starting a Block Watch in their neighborhood.

Block Watches build a sense of community, prevent crime and connect neighbors. Block Watch is a prime example of neighbors watching out for each others interests. This takes little time and no money. An active Block Watch program can reduce incidents of residential burglary by as much as 64 percent.

Block Watch Basics
  • Burien Police provide information to Block Watch members on home security and will provide a free home security survey.
  • Operation ID is a highly successful program in returning stolen items to their owners. Items in your home which are likely to be stolen, such as stereos, computers, televisions, or microwaves should be marked with your driver's license number. The marking should be permanent and include "WA" for Washington , and "DL" for driver's license, i.e. WA/SMITHRD455CM/DL.
  • The key is getting to know your neighbors. Block Watches are encouraged to get together at least one time each year.
  • National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday in August each year is a prime opportunity to have a potluck, picnic, or other type of social event.
  • Block Watch gives permission to neighbors to watch out for each other.

Start a Block Watch Group
Ask your neighbors if they would like to start a Block Watch. If so, plan an initial meeting for everyone to learn about crime prevention techniques.

Contact the City of Burien Police Community Crime Prevention Unit at (206) 510-1526 or email to schedule your Block Watch meeting. The Crime Prevention Officer will come to your community to meet you.

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