Greater Eldorado Neighborhood Watch

Welcome to the Neighborhood Watch (NW) program for the Eldorado area, including Alteza, Belicia Estates, Cielo Tranquilo, Eldorado at Santa Fe, La Paz, La Sierra and Sun Ranch. The program provides crime alerts and information related to the safety and welfare of the community.

Neighborhood Watch was developed in1972 by the National Sheriffs’ Association as a model program to reduce burglaries. The Association found that communities where citizens observed and reported suspicious activities had lower burglary rates (as much as 75% below neighborhoods without Neighborhood Watch programs). The implementation of Neighborhood Watch in communities reduces the incidence of other types of crimes too. While it is impractical and unfeasible for a law enforcement officer to be present in every neighborhood at all times, neighbors can take an active role in working with law enforcement by reporting suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office for investigation.

Neighborhood Watch is not a vigilante group and participants never take personal risks to prevent crime. Neighborhood Watch is a program to build community and unity in neighborhoods to reduce crime and increase quality of life in our area.  Neighborhood Watch can also be used to inform neighbors in the event of any safety issue.

The time required to participate in Neighborhood Watch can be quite manageable, even for those with busy lives. Participating in Neighborhood Watch simply means being aware of what is going on in your neighborhood, and this can be accomplished daily as you commute to work, are in your home, or even walking around the neighborhood. An annual block meeting or party can be a fun way to get to know your neighbors.

If you are NOT a member of one of the neighborhood watch groups and would like to be, please contact either Joe Loewy (jloewy42@aol.com) or Ken Olds (Ken_Olds@hotmail.com) or press on the Join Eldorado Neighborhood Watch link at the top of the page.

If you have questions about the website, please contact Kenneth Olds, ken_olds@hotmail.com

TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY:

1. FIRST: Report suspicious activity to the non-emergency number for the Santa Fe County Sheriff, 505-428-3720.

2. THEN call Joe Loewy at 505-231-6462 (email jloewy42@aol.com) so that a Neighborhood Watch Alert can be sent out.

(Adapted from numerous Neighborhood Watch sources)

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