City of Saratoga Neighborhood Watch

Tips & Trends

Going door to door selling commercial goods or services is legal; however, all solicitors are required to have a permit. A City-issued badge with photo ID must also be visibly displayed on the solicitor. If you see a commercial solicitor without a badge, immediately call 9-1-1.

This is because individuals posing as solicitors may:

  • Attempt to break in when no one answers the door,
  • Scope out the neighborhood to commit future crimes, or
  • Obtain personal information when contact is made with residents.

Earlier this year, the City issued a new badge template. Below is a sample of the new design. Old badges will be phased out as they expire.

Saratoga Solicitor ID Badge Sample

Red Flag Warnings

When conditions are ripe for extreme fire behavior, the United States National Weather Service will issue a Red Flag Warning. Fire stations will fly red-colored flags as a public warning to be on high alert. We all need to do our part to keep Saratoga safe, especially since we live in a city with zones designated as Very High Fire Hazard Severity by CAL FIRE. Avoid activities such as driving over dry grass or tossing lit cigarette butts into vegetation. On a Red Flag Warning Day, never mow or trim dry grass. Residents are also advised to be ready for the possibility of fire by preparing an emergency supply kit, relocating large animals to a safe location early, and agreeing on a family communication plan to reconnect with loved ones in the event of a disaster. Learn more about how you can prepare for wildfire on the County website at 


Calling 9-1-1 or the Non-Emergency Number 408.299.2311

During an emergency, such as a crime-in-progress or any dangerous situation that may affect life or property, always call 9-1-1. Residents are also encouraged to call 9-1-1 when a suspicious person or vehicle is observed as they may be a sign of imminent crime.  

The local non-emergency number, 408.299.2311, can be used for situations when suspects are long gone or there is no immediate danger to public safety, such as an abandoned bike. You may also request to remain anonymous when you call the non-emergency number. However, calling 9-1-1 automatically provides dispatchers with a call back phone number and location of the caller.

If you’re ever unsure of which number to call, don’t hesitate. It’s better to call 9-1-1 than not calling at all.

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