Neighborhood watch “Keeping It Active”

It takes more than just one person to keep a Neighborhood Watch active and successful.

Once a Neighborhood Watch group is established in your area, members are encouraged to watch out for one another, target harden their homes, and hold regular meetings or neighborhood events at least once or twice a year. This way everyone can keep up-to-date on current crime trends and continue to build a sense of community.

Here are some commonly held beliefs, the reality behind those beliefs, and how Neighborhood Watch can help you and your neighbors… “Crime’s not a problem in our neighborhood.” This may or may not be true; however, because there is usually a lack of communication among neighbors most people don’t know what is actually occurring in their own community.

Neighborhood Watch encourages neighbors to talk to each other. At Neighborhood Watch meetings, your beat officer can provide group members with local crime statistics. “If someone really wants to break in, they will.” This probably true; however, most burglars will choose the easiest target, such as a house with an unlocked door or open window. The beat officer can provide tips on learn how to target harden your homes.

“What if I call the Police Dept. and nothing’s wrong?” So you may be a little embarrassed; however, what if your instincts were right? You could have prevented a burglary or something much more severe from occurring. Neighborhood Watch teaches group members how to identify and report suspicious persons, vehicles, activity, and crime. You can call the non-emergency police phone number to report a suspicious activity or concern. For emergencies Call 911.

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