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The form on the right is a Q & A form to gather information from you to determine how you will participate within the program.

There is no right answer either. It is about making the system suit your available time, easier scheduling for different activities and leadership roles.

Each person can submit only one, so make sure you have it right. I have added a Save and Continue if you get interrupted.

Please fill in each question as you progress and you will receive a confirmation at the end of the form upon submission. Thanks!

Next Steps

Now that you have signed up we need you to complete the form in this Tabbed News on the right. If you are on your phone then it will be sequential as you scroll through this.

As we gather the data on your neighbours who have enrolled we will be able to set up the Watch system and then we will eventually have a coffee together and being planning.

As we have come to learn the set up is the first step. Thereafter we agree on the plan and roles within that plan. Once that is determined we begin applying our new understanding of community safety and awareness. The best part of the awareness is getting to know one another even better.

What are roles?

Roles are determined based on the amount of time you can commit to the effort and what level of responsibility to one another you want to take on. They are all equally important, if anything, being a Watch Member is the most important and that is all of us.

Thereafter we have our Watch Captains who help lead a community within a sector of Alliston. For example, a Watch Captain would be liaise between the Watch Members and the police (in non-emergency) and if it is an emergency they would be who you would debrief with thereafter on what took place. Watch Captains communicate with Watch Coordinators in sharing between sectors of Alliston information and concerns. Captains will manage your groups message boards as well and use the website as a notification and alerting system for your community.

Lastly Watch Coordinators are those who lead sectors of Alliston. Sectors are made up of the smaller communities based on a grid. Watch Coordinators liaise with the police liaison officer, with other Coordinators and Captains. The Coordinator will provide support to all the sectors and leaders within each community as needed for guidance and direction. Each community has an Action Plan that falls under the Coordinators direction.

Is there a cost to this?

Funny you would ask….


Seriously though, no, there isn’t a direct cost as per say. With that said, the web is currently subsidized but if you wish to participate in any of the security programs we have had created for our communities to utilize there may be costs. If that is the case, the program will carry you throughout the planning process with your community and the shared costs. If you decide to use a third party your Watch Captain can arrange the process of collection and payment.

Hello Treetops,

I’m John MacDonald, the designer of the Alliston Neighbourhood Watch site and kick started the program last year, along with Patricia Oliviera, in hopes of creating community participation programs resulting in safer neighbourhoods with the support, in conjunction with, our local police.

Right away, I must say, I am terribly sorry for how long this has taken since you all signed up and are finally getting a response, aside of course, from our wonderful computer generated registration confirmations. Due to getting old I was not able to get back to you all as my injury happened right as you all came on board. I’ll explain sometime, however, I am much better, have been logging lots of time into the site and am so very excited to dig into this with you all.

I am so very pleased in seeing the registration populate and equally impressed how your Treetops Community has shown their concern for community safety in numbers.

Time is something isn’t it? A year ago Patricia Oliviera and I, met with the OPP liaison officer and media officer to plan somewhat of a structure of a Neighbourhood Watch and here we are, one year later, finally getting traction! It was only a couple of months prior to that my own family experienced a crime in progress which ended up being the catalyst to wanting to start this.

The message of safety always hits us harder when it is direct and right at home. The fallout is the benefit of being able to bond together as a community and share in awareness of activity, as you have now, through Patricia’s efforts. I am so pleased to have seen such a great response and sign up to the community website.

With that said, that means, it is time to get to work on what we hoped for in 2018. To do that we first need to have your group become more acquainted with the way the Watch works. Who will play what role and to what degree do you want to have activity? Activity could be walking dogs together at specific times (if you chose to), or participating in a function within the neighbourhood and how to protect vacant homes during the event. Awareness is key to protecting your castle. We will figure all that out and more as we move forward as we have committed a great deal of research to this and benefited throughout Neighbourhood Watches in North America who helped in providing elemental tips in setting things up. Shortly we will have a Treetops Plan of Action created for your community specifically, and although it isn’t so much a time consumer, it is a commitment to one another. Please go through all the Tabbed News each month, especially on this specific letter as it holds the keys to operating within your user on the site that you have created and how you can all interact together within the community from your computers. Sit, talk as a group, privately, write an article, its your Treetops Neighbourhood Watch facility.

So great to have you all on board. Great work Patti, thank you for kickstarting this for us all and lets make things just that much safer!


Thanks and always, feel free to drop me a note through my user.



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Why is Neighbourhood Watch Important to Participate In?

Too often, as a society, we assume that problem issues around us to be either “the police are there to deal with it problem” or “somebody else can deal with it” concern. We know this to be true because we all have done it, haven’t we?

It’s okay to say you have, as most of us have. In this day and age when you witness or are aware of something going wrong in your neighbourhood or community it is too risky to deal with the troublemakers one on one. As a matter of fact, DON’T!

With that understanding it only makes sense to participate in a Neighbourhood Watch. It takes very little to be more aware of your surroundings, getting to know your neighbours and sharing in thoughts and ideas for your community. Really, not much time at all let alone cost.

The key element is to Observe/Assess/Report/Share. Those four key elements will enable your response from the police to be more concise than without it.  The police cannot be in the know of all things going on in a community and when neighbourhoods have extra eyes and ears perked up it helps to remove those wrongdoers much quicker and more permanently.

Here are some benefits of having you as part of our Alliston Neighbourhood Watch team!

  • Safe Communities

    • Prevents Crimes

    • Brings Communities together

    • Sense of Responsibility to one another

    • Community building and working together

    • Stronger relationships with the OPP New Tecumseth Dispatch

    • Awareness to the bad-people and it will deter them from attempting crimes with Neighbourhood Watch signs posted

  • Creates Awareness

    • Higher sense of awareness of what is going on around your community

    • Generates a higher ‘warm welcome’ to visitors, family and guests when they know the area they are visiting has a community watching out for them

    • A greater sense of communication between neighbours is enacted as neighbours become more acquainted with one another

  • Allows for Important Discussions

    • When that stronger tie to one another is established, over time, open conversations can happen on other matters and things that maybe the community wishes to do as a group, like a street sale and BBQ

    • Speed is always an issue on streets where there are not sidewalks.

    • This could be another discussion that is started as a result of the creation of a Neighbourhood Watch. Remember, speeding is an offense too!

    • It brings people together as mentioned and therefore allows for topics and other community matters that maybe would not be talked about to be able to be tabled.

    • Neighbourhood Watch has a primary focus on crime, however, Neighbourhood Watch can be for anything really. Did the garbage man skip your place? Who saw it? Did the courier drop your package then just toss it to your door when you weren’t home? Who saw it? This is another benefit of Neighbourhood Watch. Sometimes you might get a heads up on something aside from crime that happened that could be a benefit to you.


Posted in Alliston Neighbourhood Watch 2019

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Humboldt Broncos: In The Heart of Canada

Humboldt Broncos: In the Heart of Canada

On April 6th all of our attention was compelled to small town I have been to twice in my life. Humboldt Saskatchewan. Six thousand people located in the mid west who love the game of hockey and what it brings to a young person as they develop.

As we all now know the reason for such a compulsion to pay attention was due to the tragic event and loss the Humboldt Bronco hockey club and their direct community suffered. No question, all of Canada shares in one heart and emotion over such a disastrous incident. The impact has been nationwide.

Those of us at the Alliston Neighbourhood Watch perch a stick on the porch and salute those in Humboldt and all those across Canada, who as we know there are many as the kids’ families span many provinces, with a want for you all to know you have our hearts to lean on. Lives have been cut short only too soon and the lives of those effected bruised forever. All Canada shares in one heart with you now.

Our heads are bowed, we pray for your healing for now and the time to come.


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Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch

The benefits of having a Neighbourhood Watch Program/System are limitless. Not just in preventing street crimes that could potentially be committed against those in the neighbourhood, but in bringing a community together.

To be clear, Neighbourhood Watches do not stop crime; at least, not always. They can however, reduce it. But to do so, there has to be the active and ongoing effort by those within the community.

If we are willing to come together and create such a program by committing to one another, we can begin to realise those benefits. It would be in these cases when no news is good news!

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True Story: Numbers prove neighborhood crime watch successful

This is out of the US and impacts us all

Lauren Handley, Portage, Cambria County PA

6 October 2015

Reporter Lauren Handley reported this story in October of 2015. The reason I thought this would benefit us in Alliston is that the population of the city in question was 2,638 in 2010! Crime isn’t just in the big cities. It can happen anywhere.

Portage, Cambria County, Pa. – There are neighbors keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in Portage, and the police chief said their efforts are paying off.

The Portage Crime Watch helps the local police keep tabs on suspicious activity in these neighborhoods.

“They can’t be everywhere, and that’s why we’re here to help,” said Portage Crime Watch President Millie Smith.

In a letter Chief Edward Miller wrote to the crime watch, he said that the recent tips helped them arrest a pharmacy employee who was stealing pills from the pharmacy.

He noted, “Our criminal incidents now are probably only 20% of what they were 3-7 years ago.”

Watch members like Smith said the key is to keep your eyes and ears open and don’t take the law into your own hands.

“You could be setting on your porch and you could see something,” Smith said. “You know, all of a sudden you’re seeing vehicles you haven’t seen before. Or you see a porch light on that’s not been on before and it’s on all night or on during the day and off at night. These are signs that, you know, this is pick up and delivery. ”

Chief Miller said the hard work of these volunteers helps get the job done and keeps the community safer.

“We only have one officer on at a time and he has only one set of eyes and in a car he won’t be able to hear anything going around,” Miller said. “But if you have a neighborhood watch and you have some 50 people out, that helps a heck of a lot and – believe me – criminals are aware of that also.”

Since the start of the Portage Crime Watch, the “Push out the Pusher” signs have been popping up in communities all over our area. In fact, Cresson may soon be getting their very own crime watch with the help of the Portage Crime Watch President.

“If you have 30 homes and of those 30 homes 10 keep an eye, be it through security systems or neighbourhood walks, you will prevent more crimes than you realise. Crimials talk you know that? They stay away from areas they know are tougher than others.” – Det. N. Stallson

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More Reasons for Neighbourhood Watch


Benefits of Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is an effective means of combating burglary, theft and vandalism as a result of people working together to increase the level of supervision of homes and their immediate environment and reducing the opportunities for desirable goods to be stolen.

Neighbourhood Watch –

  • demonstrates that people care and have pride in their community
  • shows that a community is welcoming and inclusive
  • demonstrates community spirit
  • prevents crime
  • helps people share information among neighbours and Police
  • demonstrates people know how to keep themselves safe
  • helps reassure people and therefore reduces the fear of crime and isolation