Why have a Neighborhood Crime Watch Program?
1. Increases community Security
The most obvious reason to organize a neighborhood watch program is to prevent crime. Groups which meet regularly and efficiently are the most effective at reducing incidents. To get the most out of your group:
Collect interested neighbors, and define a group objective.
Work with the local police department to better understand common offenses, warning signals and best practices for actions. Your group should have a law enforcement liaison to ensure all parties are working toward a goal that is shared.
Tailor action plans based on the special needs of your neighborhood. Specific actions may include, but aren't limited to, coordinating citizen patrols to support law enforcement officers, hosting crime prevention training, implementing a phone or email tree in case of emergency, providing victim support services and/or assessing houses or businesses for vulnerabilities.
Establish a consistent communication channel to keep all parties informed. This might be an email newsletter listserv, website or Facebook group.
Assign a block captain for every 10-15 houses to gather and disseminate information between neighbors in their assigned area.
Seek opportunities to educate residents on suspicious activity and how to alert the group or authorities appropriately.
Publicize your program. Put up that warn offenders and invite neighbors to join.
2. Unifies the neighborhood
Here are some pros to having a neighborhood crime watch group
Contact authorities if you see somebody in trouble, or illegal, questionable or unusual activity. Be specific on your observations.
Learn your neighbors' schedules. Many have jobs that require them to be during the day away from their homes. Single-home dwellings are more likely to be targeted throughout the day between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.If you see something which seems off, discuss it with your neighbor or ask questions.
Share concerns openly with your neighbors; problem-solve together.
When a neighbor is going to be outside of town, offer to collect mail, mow a lawn or shovel the sidewalk while they are gone.
A direct result of crime prevention and One more advantage of a neighborhood watch program is a community. Alert neighbors, keep residents safe -- while creating the area and can prevent crime through a more relaxing atmosphere.
3. Bring Attention to other issues
Whether it's a neighborhood beautification project or winter crisis planninganother are endless. Watch programs may also provide an opportunity to discuss other important topics like vehicle safety concerns or animal control issues. Use your group as a path to collect ideas and opinions related to community issues at large, and work as a team to address. Do you have a neighborhood watch program? Useful tips in the comment or share strategies section below.
A neighborhood crime watch program: is a great help in preserving community safety. On my most recent adventure in Zimbabwe, My neighbor was able to prevent a bruglary by being proactive and reporting a suspiciously parked car outside my house to the police.
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