Neighborhood Watch

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: 

  • Block Parties
  • 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. 

For more information or to join, please email Gail Lorenzen at

If you would like learn more about City Public Safety, please contact the City’s Public Safety line at 310-544-5305.