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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Plan

Neighborhood Watch (NW) 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.

Thirty percent of people do not know the names of their neighbors.

NEXTDOOR

With Nextdoor you can only access the social site for your specific neighborhood – the goal is not to gain a ton of connections and share our daily lives, but rather provide an online community board to keep all neighbors aware of anything going on in the area.  You also have the ability to communicate with adjoining neighborhoods if you wish.

All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor.  Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.

Benefits of NW

  • 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 NW

  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/card to promote
  • Meet at residence, local park, etc.
  • 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 NW 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/BBQ’s

10 Steps to Starting your own Neighborhood Watch 

For more information, contact Chief Dan Fitzgerald at 963-8616 or