29 Jan 2013
January 29, 2013

CSS – Community Surveillance Support

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    1. BUDGET


The Community Surveillance Support program (CAP CSS) is an initiative focused on assisting local residential communities to secure the wellbeing of the local homeowners in the Southern Zone of Costa Rica.
CAP CSS assists local communities by matching fundraising efforts of local homeowners to a set limit dollar amount.

Key Principles:

  • This program focuses on just residential efforts. Public/Commercial efforts are outside the scope of this initiative.
  • Local communities will decide democratically how they wish to allocate the resources based upon their local need.
  • This will primarily be focused on Private security, Sensors, Cameras, and security structural improvements to thwart theft and violence in the local communities.
  • This program will cover the geographical area of the Southern Zone of Costa Rica.
  • There is no preset limit to the minimum size of each of the communities for eligibility; however larger communities will be targeted first.

I. Needs/Problems

These are the local residential needs which this program is focused on addressing:

  • Few established Community Watch Programs. Organizing local residential communities and creating a cohesive Neighborhood Watch Program will empower local communities.
  • Lack of state resources to prevent and investigate crimes in community’s demands that local residents fill this void and take ownership of their local community.
  • The remote geographical nature of most communities requires that local response takes action in the advent of a crime or emergency.
  • Lack of adequate legal precedents and statutes to seek justice can be remedied by local communities seeking measures to prevent crime and assist law enforcement with gathering evidence.

II. Goals/Objectives

      • Establish local, self-organized Community Watch programs in every neighborhood
      • Educate local residential communities to the methods and resources which are most successful for crime prevention.
      • Provide financial assistance to fund initiatives which have a proven track record of success.

Build and identify local community leaders who have a vested interest in the success of securing the community.


    Encourage solidarity among neighbors within each community.

III. Procedures/Scope of Work

Local Community Leaders will create an overall plan with CAP recommendations and assistance. Fundraising efforts will be conducted by local community organizers independently of CAP. Local leaders will submit a proposal to be voted upon democratically by the CAP board of directors. CAP will approve proposals based upon meeting the criteria set forth within and prioritize approvals based upon the local needs. CAP will then award communities a matching allocation of funds in accordance to this program:
CAP CSS fundraising/matching support:

  • Every Member with a $100 donation to CAP will be matched with an additional $50 for a total of $150 per member being returned to the community program.
  • Local Community Leaders independent of CAP will then execute and complete the proposal. CAP will provide advice and assistance during these efforts but the design and implementation will be handled independently by the local communities. Upon completion of such security initiatives local leaders will organize with CAP to communicate the evidence and information to law enforcement and the greater community to assist in crime prevention and provide justice for victims. CAP will review and record the effectiveness of each local community’s initiative to strengthen the program and provide oversight.

IV. Time Table

Since this initiative is self-organized locally it can be rolled out immediately.

Description of Work

  • Start and End Dates
  • Phase One
  • Communicate the details of the program to the greater Southern Zone Community
  • Jan 2013
  • Phase Two
  • Provide advice and support to educate and organize efforts in local communities
  • 2013 ongoing
  • Phase Three
  • Review and Approve Applicants
  • 2013 ongoing
  • Phase Four
  • Review the effectiveness and learn from each communities efforts to strengthen the program and provide accountability
  • 2013 ongoing

V. Budget

The education, management, and review process will all be done by volunteers and not incur any costs to CAP.

  • Description of Work
  • Anticipated Costs
  • Example One
  • 10 Members Program
  • $1500
  • Example Two
  • 20 Members Program
  • $3000
  • Example Three
  • 40 Members Program
  • $6000
  • Total
  • $1500 – 6000

VI. Key Personnel

The CSS program is dependent upon local self-organizing community leaders with CAP assisting independently with education, oversight and financial assistance.

VII. Evaluation

CAP will be involved in continued educational assistance and provide an evaluation of local efforts to study the success of local initiatives and provide oversight and measure the effectiveness of the CSS program.

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