Neighborhood Watch 

Neighborhood WatchThe Neighborhood Watch program is one of the most effective means available for keeping crime out of our neighborhoods. It relies on the best crime-fighting tool ever invented – a good neighbor. There can’t be a police officer on every corner, so citizen involvement is essential to combat crime. You and your neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your neighborhood. By cooperating with each other and the Piedmont Police Department, you can help to fight crime before it begins!

Please contact PPD Administrative Assistant April Scott at (510) 420-3010 and ascott@piedmont.ca.gov when you are ready to start or join a Neighborhood Watch group. The Piedmont Police Department will put you in contact with the Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood. Or, if there is not currently an active group in your neighborhood, we will help you to organize one. The first step is to schedule a Neighborhood Watch meeting. 

You Are Not Alone (YANA) 

This program is designed to provide a measure of security and well-being for seniors who are living alone. Once enrolled in the YANA program, a member of the department will make a daily telephone call at a specified time to ensure that you or your family member are okay. If the department is unable to reach you, a police officer is dispatched to your home to determine if there is a problem. YANA members who will be away from home at the designated time for any reason, must notify the department in advance.

Any Piedmont resident who is retired, a widow or widower, senior citizen, or convalescing from illness is eligible for the YANA program. To register as a YANA member, simply phone the Piedmont Police Department at (510) 420-3000, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. You will be asked to provide information over the phone for YANA program enrollment.

Construction Burglary Prevention Program

Construction Burglary ProgramThe Piedmont Police Department is committed to stopping construction site burglaries and has developed the Construction Site Burglary Prevention Program. This targeted enforcement consists of contractor education, information sharing, and recording keeping.

By creating a highly visible presence on local job sites and partnerships with local contractors, we will create an environment where the construction site burglar finds it much more difficult to succeed. Prevention is the first step:

  • Control access to your site with a chain link fence. 

  • Install motion activated exterior lighting.

  • Consider addition a motion activated monitored alarm system to your site. Tell your service provider to call PPD first upon activation.

  • Minimize the number of tools stored onsite overnight. Take home what you can, lock up what you leave. 

CORE FOUR

It is important that residents remain vigilant and practice effective crime prevention measures. The Department has designated the following areas as your "CORE FOUR."

  • CAR: keep personal possessions out of plain sight, lock your vehicle, park in well-let areas, and garage your car when possible.

  • ONESELF: be aware of your surroundings in public and avoid texting and talking on your phone while walking. Do not give your personal information over the phone or internet to protect yourself against identity theft. 

  • RESIDENCE: employ the "Three Ls" - Locks, Lights, and Landscaping - by always locking your doors and windows when you leave; using motion sensor lights or setting lights on timers when you're away from home; and making sure the front and back of your home is clearly visible by maintaining a trimmed landscape.  

  • ENVIRONMENT: get to know your neighbors by establishing a neighborhood watch group and participate in such crime prevention measures as knowing your neighbors names, phone numbers, and vehicles, stopping deliveries and mail when away, and communicating with neighbors when going on vacation. 

By taking part in these measures, you can take an active role in reducing the opportunity of crime and maintaining our safe community.

Dog Walker Watch 

Piedmont’s Dog Walker Watch Program was established in 2017. Piedmont has long been known as dog friendly with neighbors walking their dog throughout the community at all times of the day, all days of the week, in all weather conditions. Dog Walker Watch encourages these neighbors to assist law enforcement as extra eyes and ears while out walking their dog. The program enhances the partnership between police and community while providing resources for neighbors to be more aware and instruction on how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity.

Meetings are held throughout the year in local parks where officers and participants discuss what constitutes suspicious activity and other related program information.

Check the website or one of our social media accounts for the next scheduled meeting or reach out to one of our Animal Services Officers.

National Night Out 

National Night Out (NNO) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August.

The 2019 National Night Out will be held August 6, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. The goal of Piedmont's National Night Out is to join the thousands of communities nationwide in promoting public safety. The idea is to turn on your porch light, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside with with neighbors and police. While some neighborhoods will host a block party, others will have a simple get-together. 

To host an event, please register with your local coordinators at the Piedmont Police Department:

Learn more about the event, visit natw.org

Coffee, Cars, and Cops

On September 8, 2018, the Piedmont Police Department decided to add a local twist to the national Coffee with a Cop Day. Started in 2011 by a member of the Hawthorne Police Department in California as a way to promote daily interaction with the community, the first National Coffee with a Copy Day was held in 2016. 

In Piedmont, this event used to building meaningful connections, have open dialogue, and improve communications by creating relationships with the community now features classic and exotic cars driven in from around the Bay Area. Car enthusiasts are invited to join our police officers in appreciating these vehicles while enjoying a cup of joe. The 2019 Coffee, Cars, and Cops will be hosted Saturday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For more information about Coffee, Cars, and Cops, please contact your local coordinators at the Piedmont Police Department. If you plan to show your car, please contact us by August 26.