In summer 2016, La Jolla was experiencing an increase in residential burglaries and other theft-related crimes. The town responded with an increase in grassroots activism by way of Neighborhood Watch groups in sub-areas across La Jolla, and a citizen’s crime advisory committee under the La Jolla Town Council.
By September, 10 Neighborhood Watch groups had formed.
Now, one year after La Jolla Light published the story “Neighborhood Watch programs become a force in La Jolla,” the number of Watches has jumped to 44, and the La Jolla-area groups have refined their approach and seen a reduction in burglaries.
“From a law enforcement standpoint, we’ve made huge...