Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program joining citizens and law enforcement, with the citizens keeping a trained eye and ear on their communities to make them safe. The program, sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Administration (NSA), took off quickly: in just ten years, 12 percent of the population was involved in a Neighborhood Watch, according to NSA.
HOW TO START A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM
Starting a neighborhood watch program in your community can strengthen the bonds among its members and make it a safer place to live. You can start a neighborhood watch program in your community, but it’s going to take a little bit of organization. Here’s how start a neighborhood watch program in your community:
- Build a group. You’re going to need to form a group of committed members of your local. Ask around. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and local law enforcement for willing participants.
- Conduct a committee meeting. The role of the committee will be to make a draft of specific issues that affect the community. Defining your areas problems will help you come up with solutions. Meetings will also be a chance to establish means of communication such as telephone numbers, e-mail, etc.
- Establish boundaries. Figure out the precise perimeters the group will cover and where the responsibilities of each community member lay.
- Post signs. Distribute flyers and other neighborhood watch materials and literature around the area. This informs community members about upcoming meetings and serves as a warning to potential perpetrators.
- Consult the experts. Local public safety officials are tackling the issues that face your community on a daily basis. They can provide you with hints and suggestions to help you conduct your meetings, tell you what to look for, and what to do when you find it.
- Register your Neighborhood Watch program. USA On Watch is a websites designed for local neighborhood watch programs and provides resources and discussions that can help you improve your program.
For more information contact your Sheriff’s Department at (209) 874-2349.