Neighborhood Watch Program

We have one of the most active Neighborhood Watch programs in the County!


Neighborhood Watch Block Captains are kept constantly updated on crime trends and safety information through Community Alerts, and are responsible for insuring their neighbors are receiving the information as well. Block captains also organize neighborhood meetings or discussions to talk about neighborhood safety issues.

A Board of Directors made up of concerned residents oversees the program with support from the Neighborhood Policing Unit.
SMPD's Patrol Lieutenants are assigned Policing Areas within the City, and are points-of-contact for neighborhood issues.
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Start a Neighborhood Watch on Your Block


Get familiar with your neighbors and help keep your block safe as a team!
The Neighborhood Watch program is total resident participation and involvement in a police community cooperative battle against burglaries or other neighborhood crimes. Its primary purpose is personal and property protection for you and your neighbors.
As an extension of the eyes and ears for your police department, your involvement will directly affect the crime rate in your neighborhood. View the SMPD Block Captain Introduction Letter.

If you have any questions about Neighborhood Watch in San Mateo please contact our Neighborhood Watch Coordinator Officer John Rink Sr. by phone at 650-522-7744 or Email Officer John Rink Sr..

Policing Areas

SMPD's Patrol Lieutenants are assigned Policing Areas within the City, and are points-of-contact for neighborhood issues. View Policing Areas Map

Area 1

Area 2

Area 3

West of US101 from
Peninsula Avenue to Hwy. 92
(excluding the Downtown Area).
West of US 101 from
Hwy. 92 to the Belmont border.
East of US101
and the Downtown Area.
Lt. Todd Mefford
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Lt. Todd Mefford
650-522-7608
Includes N. Central & Central SM
Lt. Art Sanchez
650-522-7686
Includes Baywood & The Village
Lt. Matt Lethin
650-522-7685
Downtown SM & Central Park

Neighborhood Watch Informational Materials & Resources


Neighborhood Watch Website Link


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