Neighbors Looking Out for Each Other
Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime. Since 1972, when the National Sheriff's Association implemented the program, Neighborhood Watch has meant neighbors looking out for each other, working on neighborhood problems, and making themselves safer. It forges the bonds among area residents. It helps reduces neighborhood crimes and creates a partnership between law enforcement and the community. Members learn how to work with law enforcement and report suspicious activity.
Any community resident can join a Neighborhood Watch - young or old, single or married, renter or homeowner. You can form a Neighborhood Watch for any area: apartment complex, community recreation center, housing tract, mobile home park, or park.
Neighborhood Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. It builds pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community needs.
You Can Do It
Feel like you don't have the time? You don't have to take a leadership role. Offer to make a few phone calls. Show up at the community events even if you can't stay the whole time. As you go about your daily routine, observe your surroundings. It only takes a moment to notice something suspicious and report what you see.
Neighborhood Watch is also a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors and find people who share your interests. Knowing your neighbors also makes it easier to recognize strangers who may not have legitimate business on your street.
You're Part of the Answer
People like you are what makes a Neighborhood Watch program successful. Building a spirit of community helps keep all of you safer and more secure.