Deputy William Terrell
Neighborhood Watch is a
community-based program supported by the National Sheriffs’ Association and is
offered by more than nine of ten law enforcement agencies. Since its inception
in 1972, thousands of communities have established Neighborhood Watches and made
a very real difference.
A Successful Neighborhood
* Unites the community and increases neighborhood cohesion
* Reduces fear of crime in the community
* Improves crime reporting by citizens
* Increases surveillance in the community
* Prevents and reduces crime
* Enhances homeland security
Studies show that Neighborhood Watch is effective because it unites neighbors around a common goal, safety and security. It provides basic skills to all members on preventing crime and reporting suspicious activities or crimes. Neighborhood Watch builds a base for correcting neighborhood problems and works well with other civic activities. It is one of the most effective and cost efficient ways to prevent crime.
Basic Components of Neighborhood Watch
* Organization: planning committee, chair/coordinator, block captain
* Communications: email, phone tree, meetings, special outreach, and partnering with other neighborhood groups
* Visibility: Neighborhood Watch signs on the street and in windows
* Partnerships: Working with local law enforcement
Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that seem suspicious to the police or sheriff’s office. Any geographic unit can be the base, a street, a block, an apartment building or complex, a business district, an office building, a park, a marina, or a school campus.
Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and extra hands for helping neighbors.
information about a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood contact
Investigator Richard Daley at email@example.com or call him at (912)