The mission of Bella Vista Neighbors Association and its Public Safety Committee is to keep our neighborhood a safe place to live.

Public Safety Committee volunteers work to address the problem of neighborhood crime in many ways, including:

  • Maintaining communication with police officials in the 3rd District Police headquarters (at 11th and Wharton Streets) and South Street Police Mini Station (905 South Street) through the Police Service Area (PSA) 1 regular meetings. This forum brings neighbors together with police officials to discuss and attempt to resolve crime and public safety issues which occur in our neighborhood.
  • All BVNA members are encouraged to attend the Monthly PSA 1 Meetings which are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Santore Public Library located at 7 th and Carpenter Streets
  • Distributing crime states and crime prevention information to neighbors, via the BVNA website and provide information on what citizens can do to reduce the opportunities for crime in our neighborhood.
  • Organizing and attending community/police meetings, including the 3rd District Police Captain’s Town Hall Meetings and Police District Advisory Council (PDAC).
  • Hosting crime prevention training, and
  • Provide information and assistance where needed to access police, public safety and victim assistance resources in our area.

BVNA and its Public Safety Committee also actively participate in working groups (often involving police and political officials, neighbors and/or other civic associations) to address specific issues or crime cases.

BVNA believes a neighborhood’s perceived vulnerability to crime is often tied to quality of life issues, so BVNA Public Safety Committee works in tandem with BVNA’s Beautification and Zoning Committees to make our neighborhood a great place to live.

BVNA and its Public Safety Committee believe that neighbors must be proactive to reduce crime and improve our quality of life in Bella Vista. Any level of volunteer involvement is welcome and will make a difference.

There are many ways Bella Vista neighbors can support the necessary work of the BVNA Public Safety Committee. The first and best way is to do your part by reporting any crime or suspicious activity in the neighborhood. The BVNA recommends that if you witness any kind of suspicious activity in our neighborhood by calling 911. The 911 system is the first and primary means of contacting the police to report crimes and suspicious behavior. We also provide periodic updates on crime prevention strategies to help keep our neighborhood safe.

To better help identify suspicious people we have provided this Identification Tool. We suggest you review the tool and download it to keep it handy when calling 911. Identification Tool

If you have a disabled person who lives in your home and has difficulty communicating with 911, please fill out the attached form and return it to our local police district and email it to the Philadelphia Police Radio Room. ADA Form

For more information or to volunteer, email the Public Safety Committee at