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.
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