Neighborhood Crime Watch

Getting involved in a neighborhood crime watch program is one way of showing that you will take initiative in the community.

What is a neighborhood crime watch program? In the simplest of terms, it's neighbors looking out for one another in the community as it relates to crime and suspicious activity.

Police departments recognize the importance of building bridges between themselves and the community - hence the shifting to the modality of community policing.

But citizens can also assist one another in preventing crime by being more aware of what takes place in the neighborhood.

In some places, it can be much more formal, with police departments providing information and sessions as it relates to crime prevention. They can provide strategies that may deter criminals from making attempts at breaking into your home when you are not there. Signs and placards can be provided to be posted on lamp posts, or into windows of homes.

But it doesn't stop just there. Neighbors have to get to know one another. They have to know one another so that they can tell when something suspicious is happening.

If you know that your neighbor across the street attends church every Sunday at 7PM, and you see someone in their house at that exact time, you may end up calling the Police. However, if you don't know that they attend church, you may just think that they have guests over.

Now, does this mean that you should invade the private lives of all your neighbors in order to have every aspect of their lives covered? Absolutely not. But just having a relationship with your neighbors will allow you to have a good base to make judgment calls.

You will have a better chance at determining when something fishy is going on. If so, you'll be more apt to call the Police.

What you can do to take a role in a neighborhood crime watch program is to contact the people in your community. Introduce yourself and tell them that you are interested in starting a program.

Gauge a response from everyone and create a list of names and phone numbers, and tell them that you want to provide this list to the neighborhood. Let them know that you want everyone to work as a team to ensure everyone's safety and security.

Sure, there's a good chance that you have the name and number of the people directly on either side of you, but this extends it further.

Contact your local Police Department, and see if they have any officers that will be willing to put together a session for crime prevention strategies and techniques.

By doing this, you're showing that you will take initiative, take a leadership role in the community, and are willing to help others.

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