Neighborhood Watch forges a bond among area residents. It helps reduce neighborhood crimes and creates a partnership between law enforcement and the community. Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement makes the best crime fighting team around!
Neighborhood Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Neighborhood Watch builds pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community needs. Citizen involvement is essential to combat this social crisis.
Suspicious Activities to Look For
- Abandoned vehicles, suspicious people, unusual noises
- Property being taken out of closed businesses or houses where no one is at home
- Someone looking into windows or parked cars
- Someone screaming or shouting for help, or being forced into a vehicle
- Someone spraying graffiti on buildings
- Strangers sitting in a car, stopping to talk to kids
- A sudden change in a neighbor's routine: newspapers piling up; drapes drawn; mailbox overflowing with mail, etc.
- Vehicles cruising aimlessly
Enhance Your Community Well-Being
- Adopt a school or playground; start a block parent program
- Encourage the use of deadbolt locks, smoke alarms and other safety devices in homes and commercial buildings
- Form a disaster preparedness program for your neighborhood
- Organize regular meetings to discuss current issues such as:
- Childcare for school age kids
- Drug abuse
- Gang activity
- Hate crimes
- Recreational activities for young people
Starting a Neighborhood Watch
Any community resident can join a Neighborhood Watch. Neighbors can learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report suspicious activities to the Police Department. You can form a Neighborhood Watch group for any area: a street, mobile home park, apartment complex, marina, community recreation center, or park.
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