Together, we can make a difference...
"What is Neighborhood Watch? In essence,
WE LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER!
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that stresses education and common sense. It teaches citizens how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. In addition, it provides citizens with the opportunity to make their neighborhoods safer and improve the quality of life. Neighborhood Watch groups typically focus on observation and awareness as a means of preventing crime and employ strategies that range from simply promoting social interaction and "watching out for each other" to active patrols by groups of citizens. http://www.usaonwatch.org/AboutUs/AboutNeighborhoodWatch.php
Here's some ways YOU can make a difference;
- To find the nearest Neighborhood Watch group, contact your community association, call your local police department, or simply look for signs in your neighborhood.
- Since most Neighborhood Watch groups work in shifts, find a shift that best suits your current schedule. Consider a mode of transportation that's right for you. Vehicles offer a quick way to canvass a neighborhood. But walking (foot patrol) is also acceptable in most cases. Taking your dog for a walk is an excellent opportunity to assist in your community's Neighborhood Watch efforts.
- Post Neighborhood Watch road signs with warnings to would-be intruders.
- As an additional deterrent to crime, place a Neighborhood Watch sticker on your front door, a front window, or post a sign on your lawn. This small but significant act is an excellent deterrent and lets would-be intruders know that you are your community are watching.
Wanna' get involved? Do you want to make a difference in your neighborhood and your city?
The Columbiana Police Department sponsers a Neighborhood Watch meeting the first Monday night of every month. 6pm at the police department. Many people attend, not just those actively involved with a watch group. Sometimes, people come to meet with others, and get ideas. Some are interested in starting a group, but just don't know what to do. Some people come because they are concerned about crime and want to do something about it. What about you?
Talk to some of your neighbors and let us know if you would be interested in starting a watch group in your neighborhood. Then, give us a call and we'll let you know when the next meeting is. 669-5800
In the meantime, check out these links for some great information and resources for starting a Neighborhood Watch;