While there’s a lot of ways to personally make your home safe, sometimes prevention can be even more effective in combating crime. Forming or participating in your local neighborhood watch is a great way to stay active in the community and hamper crime before it can happen. Additionally, it’s a great way to know the neighbors and become an active member of your community in a productive way. Here we’ll look at what it takes to make a neighborhood watch and some of the perks of participation.
The first step to creating your own neighborhood watch is to gather support and gauge interest in such a group. Take some time to talk to people in your neighborhood and see if they have had any problems with crime and they would be interested in forming a neighborhood watch. Additionally you can post some notices to community boards or leave some fliers around to reach a broader range of people in your neighborhood.
Meet and Discuss
The next step once you have some interested people is to meet and discuss what you want to accomplish and the problems that you wish to address with your neighborhood watch. It’s also a good idea to invite an officer of the law to your meeting as they will likely be very willing and have great advice to get the movement going. It’s important to remember that a neighborhood watch is not a group of vigilantes but rather the eyes and ears of law enforcement.
Register and Coordinate
Once you have the foundations set for your watch you can register online at USAonwatch.org or at the very least tell your local police department about your group. Once you’ve taken care of the logistics begin to organize regular patrols with volunteers. Identify areas in your neighborhood that may be prone to crime and coordinate ways to stop it.
Creating and running a neighborhood watch is not too difficult and has the added bonus of helping to develop a strong sense of solidarity and community in your neighborhood. It’s a great way to stay safe and be involved in your community.