The Rancho Palos Verdes Neighborhood Watch program is a community-based, resident-run organization that exists to make neighborhoods safer through crime reduction and improving quality of life for individuals living in the same area. The RPV Neighborhood Watch runs separately from the City government, and uses its network to address issues related to crime, public safety, and quality of life. RPV NW was founded by Gail Lorenzen in 1992 to facilitate crime reduction and to improve communication between residents and the Sheriff’s Department and the City. As one of the largest and longest running programs in Los Angeles County, approximately 90% of single-family streets participate in the program.
One of the primary goals of RPV NW is to work with neighbors to fight crime. They receive information directly from the Sheriff’s Department and information is disseminated through the NW system. Gail Lorenzen shares information to Area Coordinators who then share information to Block Captains. Block Captains interact with individuals and families, and do so only with authorized information. Gail Lorenzen, the Area Coordinators, and the Block Captains are also educated and trained in Emergency Preparedness, such as CERT and amateur radio training.
Some activities the RPV Neighborhood facilitate include:
Neighborhood Watch Night Out on the 1st Tuesday of August
Block Captain assistance during emergencies
Financial support is through voluntary contributions. There is a one-time, voluntary $5 donation for members to join RPV Neighborhood Watch.