Neighborhood Watch Program

4cd College Watch Based upon the highly successful and nationwide "Neighborhood Watch" model, the Contra Costa Community College District (4CD) Neighborhood Watch program is intended to support the safety and security of our campus parking lots, facilities, and grounds. Through Neighborhood Watch, our goal is to eliminate or reduce the effect of crime and other hazards on District campuses, thereby providing crime-, drug-, and hazard-free learning and working environments.

We hope to accomplish this by encouraging community awareness and involvement in crime prevention and safety activities. The 4CD Neighborhood Watch program is registered with The National Neighborhood Watch, a division of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA).

Program Basics

The 4CD Neighborhood Watch Program is administered by the District Police Department and supported by the Safety Committee at each campus or facility. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors all play an important role in the program by looking out for one another and immediately reporting criminal activity, hazards, or suspicious behavior to the Police Department. Volunteer program members complete training in crime prevention and personal safety and participate in campus watch activities, such as meetings, workshops and Campus Safety Walks.

Reporting Procedures

In any emergency, do your best to remain calm.

Report the situation using 9-1-1 (or 9-9-1-1 from campus telephones) only if the situation is an immediate threat to lives or property. In all other cases, notify District Police using the following non-emergency telephones:

Police Department Phone Numbers:

  • Contra Costa College (510) 236-2820 or on-campus extension 44858
  • Diablo Valley College (925) 969-2785
  • San Ramon Campus (925) 551-6212
  • Los Medanos College (925) 473-7332
  • Brentwood Center (925) 473-6919

Office Business Hours:

  • Monday thru Thursday - 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday - 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

When calling, provide the dispatcher with your name, telephone call-back number, and location (including campus, building, and room number). Provide the dispatcher with:

  • Nature of the incident
  • Description and names (if known) of any involved persons
  • Last known direction of travel (when appropriate)

Remain on the line. Do not hang up until instructed to do so by the dispatcher.

Crime Prevention Tips

The Neighborhood Watch Program recommends that you observe a variety of safety strategies and crime prevention practices on a daily basis. These may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Remain alert to your surroundings at all times.
  • Immediately report suspicious behavior or activity to the police.
  • Join the 4CD Neighborhood Watch Program.
  • Attend a Crime Prevention or Personal Safety/Self Defense Workshop.
  • Remain informed through media and other crime prevention information sources.
  • If someone demands your valuables (such as your car, purse, or wallet) immediately turn them over. These items are not worth your life. They may be replaced, you may not!

Suspicious Behavior or Activity

What constitutes suspicious behavior or activity? The following behavior or activities should be considered suspicious and should be immediately reported to the police. While they may ultimately have innocent explanations, it is better to have police investigate these situations than to take chances by letting them go unaddressed. Early reporting of suspicious behavior can often make a difference --it may even save a life!

  • Anyone carrying a weapon of any kind.
  • Anyone who appears to be emotionally disturbed, angry, or who displays any potentially violent behavior.
  • Someone screaming or shouting for help.
  • Sounds of breaking glass or other loud and unusual noises.
  • Sounds of explosions or gunshots.
  • Someone "testing" doorknobs as they walk down a hallway.
  • Anyone who appears to be trying to force a door open, or who is tampering with a car or building lock.
  • A stranger entering another employee's office when it is unoccupied.
  • Someone entering or leaving an office, lab or clinic after hours.
  • People carrying property out of a building, especially at unusual hours.
  • Someone loading equipment or unusual numbers of containers into a private vehicle, especially if it is near a building or after business hours.
  • Items being sold at very low prices or in unusual locations (such as a parking lot).
  • Someone sitting in a car in an unusual area for extended periods of time.
  • Anyone repetitively driving through an area when parking spaces are available.
  • Someone removing accessories, license plates or gas from a car.
  • Someone looking into parked cars.
  • Any person being forced into any type of vehicle.
  • Individuals or groups loitering in non-public or unusual areas.
  • Anyone who asks unusual questions about facility operations or personnel, especially if they are asking about sensitive or confidential matters.
  • Anyone who loiters for long periods and appears to primarily focused on observing others.
  • An individual taking notes, making maps, or photographing buildings and/or facilities.
  • Burned out lights, ineffective locks and security devices or safety hazards.

Public Education Program

The District Police Department's Public Education Program utilizes educational/informational materials (signs, posters, flyers, and pamphlets) as well as Neighborhood Watch Workshops to encourage community members to remain alert, observe, and quickly report safety hazards, criminal activity, and/or suspicious behavior to the police. Neighborhood Watch Workshops may be scheduled for presentation before almost any group and cover a variety of crime- and safety-related topics, including:

  • Crime Prevention and Personal Safety.
  • Street Safety.
  • Child/Stranger Safety.
  • Water Safety/Boat Safety.
  • Fire Safety.
  • Emergency Preparedness