G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods)
November 3, 2012
G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) is a
statewide annual event designed to encourage Neighborhood Watch
programs and bring together communities throughout Mesa for a
common goal -- to let criminals know that citizens of Mesa are
seriously united in the fight against criminal activity. This is
a time to turn on your porch lights, go out into your
neighborhood, and get to know your neighbors.
you submit your registration form, please make sure to read the
When your party is over,
send us a few photos of your event to include on our
Facebook page! E-mail photos to
Who can participate?
Most of the parties held are by established Neighborhood
Watch groups, but ANYONE AND EVERYONE can participate --
through your own neighborhood, HOA, or community-wide event.
Apartments, mobile home communities, businesses, and residential
areas should all take an interest in knowing and protecting
their neighborhood. One night a year to get together is not
asking much and the benefits are invaluable.
Who plans the activities?
Block Watch captains, apartment managers, activity directors,
community leaders, youth, anyone! All you need is the desire to
contact your neighbors and get together!
Where do we start?
The first step in planning a G.A.I.N. event is to start early.
Plan an exciting event with your neighbors by forming a small
committee for planning. Solicit assistance from others and
exchange ideas. Planning is half the fun!
Who do we invite?
Please invite everyone on your block, in your community, your
apartment community, etc. Keep it a manageable number; don't
What size can the party be?
Some neighborhoods just like getting together among
themselves, while others plan a much larger function, including
festivals and carnivals. It all depends on what you and your
neighbors want to make it. You can make it as small or as large
as you want it; keep it manageable for you.
What are the hours of G.A.I.N.?
Visits by city departments will be done between the hours of
4:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Your party should be at least 2 hours in
and fall within the visitation time. Just make sure your party
is up and running by the start time you put on your registration
Example: If you say your party starts at 5:30 pm
and City visitors arrive at that time, your party should be in
full swing. If not, the visitors from the City will not be able
to return, as they have a set visitation schedule to follow.
If you wish to order barricades for your block party, please
call the City of Mesa Transportation Division at 480-644-2160 at least two
weeks in advance of your event. If the barricades do not arrive
on time or are not picked up after the party, the Transportation
Division (480-644-2160) will be able to assist you. There is a
$25 fee for barricades. After your event, if the
barricades have not been picked up in a reasonable amount of
time, please contact Transportation so they may contact the
contracted company. Please do not call the police department
with barricade issues. We will only refer you to Transportation.