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It works. Throughout the country, dramatic decreases in crime and suspicious activity are reported by law enforcement professionals in communities with active watch programs.Today's transient society produces communities that are less personal. Many families have two working parents and children involved in many activities that keep them away from home. An empty house in a neighborhood where none of the neighbors know the owner is a prime target for criminal activity.Neighborhood Watch also helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address other community concerns such as recreation for youth, childcare, and affordable housing.
A motivated individual, a few concerned residents, a community organization, or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the efforts to establish a Neighborhood Watch. Together they can:
Any community resident can join - young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner. Even the busiest of people can belong to a Neighborhood Watch - they too can keep an eye out for neighbors as they come and go.
A Neighborhood Watch is neighbors helping neighbors. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Members meet their neighbors, learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activity that raises their suspicions to law enforcement.
These can be as simple as a weekly email to a monthly newsletter that updates neighbors on the progress of the program. Maintain regular contact with the Sheriff's Office Crime Prevention Unit and Crime Analyst.
These are crucial to keep the program growing. Host talks or seminars that focus on current issues, crime in schools, teenage alcohol and other drug abuse, or domestic violence. Adopt and/or monitor a park or school playground and keep it a safe environment. Sponsor a block party, holiday dinner, or kickball game that will provide neighbors a chance to get to know each other.
Know your neighbors and watch out for each other.
Report crime and suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Office.
Learn how you can make yourself and your community safer.
If you see any of these activities, report them immediately to the Sheriff's Office:
Call 911 for an emergency or 651-257-4100 for a non-emergency.