Safety in the neighborhood leads to peace of mind. There are several programs available that help build strong and safe neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Watch program is a cooperative program between residents and the Police Department. Individual neighborhoods are encouraged to unite and form their own groups. In most cases, these groups will be the same group of residents that came together to form a BAT (Block Action Team).
The Police Department can assist you in forming a Watch group or get you connected with your Neighborhood Watch Captain. For assistance with either, please submit a Neighborhood Watch Information Form or contact the Crime Prevention Department of the Los ALtos Police at (650) 947-2775.
AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations, which may include:
- Flooding, wildfires and subsequent evacuations
- Public safety incidents, including crimes, that immediately affect your neighborhood
- Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies
AlertSCC is like the 9-1-1 system, only in reverse. Instead of you dialing in to notify officials of a situation, city and county officials can notify you of emergency situations in your area like those listed above. This is a totally voluntary system. Signing up is easy and only takes a minute. Signup by visiting Santa Clara County’s AlertSCC Information page (link opens in a new window/tab).
The City of Los Altos is using a communication service called Nixle to reach residents quickly. Nixle allows the City to send alerts and information directly to registered users via text message, email and the web.
Nixle enables the City to provide relevant and geo-targeted information to residents in a timely and effective fashion. Messages can be transmitted anywhere in a radius from .25-miles to 10 miles, allowing neighborhood-level, time-sensitive information to be sent only to affected citizens.
Residents can register at www.nixle.com (opens in new window/tab) where they will be asked to provide their address or an intersection near them, a cell phone number and an email address by which to receive notifications. Citizens then select which messages they wish to receive on which devices.