What is PB Crime Watch?

Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well known crime prevention concepts in history. While the modern day concept of Neighborhood Watch came into prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, its roots in America can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets.

Neighborhood Watch (in the form of Palm Beach Crime Watch) came to the Town of Palm Beach in 1979 when newly appointed Chief J. L. Terlizzese introduced the program. PB Crime Watch is incorporated in the State of Florida as a 501 (C)(3) charitable organization. The operating budget comes from donations from citizens and the business community.

Donations to Palm Beach Crime Watch pay for all crime prevention programs and services provided by the Palm Beach Police Department.

PB Crime Watch was instrumental in the formation of Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the need for strengthening and securing communities became more important than ever. Palm Beach Crime Watch was reorganized and re-energized with the new mission: Achieving Crime Prevention, Domestic Security and Emergency Preparedness through Community Partnerships.

How Does Crime Watch Operate

Various boards include a Board of Directors, Advisory and Honorary Boards and an Executive Board. All are made up of members of the residential and business communities.

There is a minimal charge for membership of $25 for an individual and $50 for a family. Contributions beyond membership dues are welcome and encouraged. Online
Membership/Renewal Form

Our goals are simple:

  • Encourage community involvement and shared responsibility in crime prevention
  • Educate the public to identify and report suspicious activity and
  • Provide programs and services to address the needs and interests of our community.

What Palm Beach Crime Watch is Not

Crime Watch is not a vigilante group – no citizen is ever involved in providing security, patrolling the neighborhoods, or taking part in any type of law enforcement function.

What is your responsibility as a member of Palm Beach Crime Watch


  • Do not take any police action
  • Do not place yourself in danger
  • Do not become involved in situations for which you are not trained
  • Use Common Sense