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City of Tampa Neighborhood Watch Program

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District 1 - Maryanne Hunsberger (813) 354-6692    
District 1 Map

District 2 - Lisa Timmer (813) 931-6541   
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District 3 - Kinnette Scallo (813) 242-3867    
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"Crime in East Tampa is now at an all time low.  Citizens and officers are on the same team and we are very pleased with the improvements in our community." - Evangeline R. Best, East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership Chairperson.

Officers Interacting With Community

The collaboration of residents, neighborhood watch members, civic association groups, business partners, and neighborhood mobile patrols are critical in reducing crime.  Through teamwork and education, individuals can lessen their chances in becoming victimized and assist in making their community a safer environment.

The Neighborhood Watch concept centers on the community and police working together for the safety and protection of a neighborhood.  It is an organization made up of citizens concerned about their neighborhood.

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly answers to crime.  Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention, they can be a stepping stone to community revitalization.


Vacation Bound

Vacation

Going on vacation?  Add our Vacation Watch program to your travel checklist!  This free service allows City of Tampa residents to give officers a heads up that their homes will be unoccupied for an extended period of time.  So before you take your next trip, submit a Vacation Watch Form to us! 


What is Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch Logo Neighborhood Watch is volunteer citizens coming together in a neighborhood, communicating with each other and the police to reduce crime in the area they live.  It is concerned citizens looking out for each other and helping others who may need it.  It is citizens being the "eyes and ears" of the police.

How does is work?

Neighborhood Watch works through mutual aid.  Neighbors watching out for neighbors.  A police officer patrolling your neighborhood may not recognize strangers around your house or activity in your neighborhood which could be considered suspicious.  Your neighbors know who you are, what type of vehicle you drive, who belongs in your neighborhood and who does not.  When suspicious activity or a crime is observed, the Neighborhood Watch member calls the police, then alerts the neighbors.  The key to Neighborhood Watches success is communication between citizens and the police.  Neighborhood Watch is by no means a vigilante type organization.  The confrontation of suspicious persons or the apprehension of criminals should be left to the police.

How do I start a Neighborhood Watch Group in my area?

  • First contact the Tampa Police Department's Neighborhood Affairs Liaison in your area and tell them you are interested in the Neighborhood Watch program.
  • Go find what Police District and Neighborhood Affairs Liaison phone number
  • A crime prevention officer will contact you and explain the program in detail.  If you are interested in starting a Neighborhood Watch group and becoming a Neighborhood Watch coordinator, the crime prevention officer would like to meet with you in person at your home and provide you with an application.
  • Once the application is completed it will be reviewed and a criminal history check will be conducted.  The crime prevention officer will contact you with the results.