Neighborhood Watch

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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Neighborhood Watch is a group of people living in the same area who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together and in conjunction with local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their quality of life.

Benefits

  • Reduction in crime
  • Better quality of life
  • Greater sense of security, responsibility, and personal control
  • Building community pride and unity
  • Helping others in the community
  • Assist law enforcement
  • Become extra “eyes and ears”

Five Steps to Building a Successful Neighborhood Watch

  1. Recruit and organize residents
  2. Schedule a meeting with community and law enforcement
  3. Discuss community concerns and develop an action plan
  4. Hold regular meetings and training sessions on relevant topics.
  5. Implement a method of communication (Nextdoor)

Organization

  • Police department representatives
  • Nextdoor neighborhood coordinator
  • Block captains
  • NW members
  • Develop neighborhood maps

Meetings

  • Invite neighborhood or block
  • Use Nextdoor, Facebook and door-to-door flyer to promote
  • Meet at residence or local park
  • One hour
  • Meeting facilitator
  • Specific topic for discussion chosen previously.
  • Police officer(s) present

Meeting Topics

  • Personal Safety
  • Street Safety
  • Child/Stranger Safety
  • Home Security
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Scams
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Detectives
  • How to be a Witness
  • Teen vehicle safety
  • Drug trends

Additional Activities

  • Fire prevention and first aid
  • Neighborhood beautification projects
  • Safe houses for kids
  • Assist the elderly
  • Crosswalk assistance before/after school
  • Winter emergency planning
  • Block parties/BBQs

10 Steps to Starting your own Neighborhood Watch (PDF)

For more information, contact 314-644-7100.