Mountain View’s second official neighborhood watch group has formed on N. Pine Street, with residents awaiting their street’s new signage later this spring.
The group is organized by Beverly Blackbear, who’s lived on the road for about 14 years and said the neighborhood watch program is a natural fit.
“Everyone looks out for each other,” she said. “We always have.”
Forming a group under the Anchorage Police Department’s neighborhood watch program involves designating a neighborhood patrol area, scheduling a meeting with an APD officer and getting at least half of the residents in the watch area to show up. Group members receive official neighborhood watch window decals and the municipality installs a new neighborhood watch sign on the street.
According to APD, the neighborhood watch program aims to cut back on property crime through increased awareness and communication. Blackbear said she’s been trying to organize a group for years, but it was difficult to get half the street’s residents involved.
Now, the six homes on the south end of N. Pine Street join a block on N. Bunn Street as one of two organized neighborhood watch groups in Mountain View.
For more information on starting a neighborhood watch, click here.