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Be a Block Leader
Most blocks within the SHA service area have a Crime Prevention Block Club. Homeowners, condo dwellers, renters and business owners are reaping the benefits of community and safety that this network provides.
Clubs share crime and safety information, as well as gather for National Night Out, picnics and get-togethers throughout the year. Whether it is book clubs, garage sales, movie nights or babysitting, they do what works for their members.
When you become a block club leader, you build community connections and reduce crime by creating or taking over a block or building club. For more information on becoming a block club leader—or to find out if there is already one on your block who you can team up with—contact the SHA office.
What do Block/Building Club Leaders do?
Block club leaders agree to be responsible for organizing their neighbors into a club in whatever way works best (i.e., clubs may include neighbors across the street, alley or both). Leaders receive monthly SHA Crime Incident Updates and, as warranted, special crime alerts from the Summit Hill office.
Leaders can also view regular safety tips and other valuable community information on the Crime Prevention Blog and e-news. Club leaders typically share this information within the club via email, phone or door-to-door. In addition, block club leaders are the eyes and ears for their block clubs, listening to and communicating neighborhood concerns about a variety of concerns with the SHA office, which will then ensure that the SHA Board is aware of neighborhood issues and can take appropriate actions.
Each block club leader is encouraged to hold an annual meeting or some type of get-together so that people on the block can meet each other. A police officer could be invited to present information on various crime prevention programs and area crime updates, and to get to know community members personally. Other safety issues may also be addressed at these gatherings, such as crime prevention lighting, alarm systems, noise disturbances, etc. They are also encouraged to attend regularly-scheduled Western District police and community meetings which are organized by SHA staff at the Linwood Recreation Center.