Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents and its success is hinged on improving communications between neighbors and achieving and sustaining an appropriate level of neighborhood involvement to a point where the neighbors realize and/or achieves prevention of burglaries and other property crimes.
Any community resident can join; young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner.
A few concerned residents, a community organization, or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the efforts to organize a Watch.
Members may learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions to their local police agency.
You can form a Watch group around any geographical unit: a block, apartment, park, business area, public housing complex, and offices.
Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Neighborhood Watch helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community concerns.