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Five Steps to Building a Successful Neighborhood Watch
Guidelines from Neighborhood Watch-USAonWatch
Neighborhood Watch began as a grassroots effort more than 30 years ago to protect homes from burglary. The importance of watch groups has risen in recent years due to its integral part in the nation's homeland security strategy.
Neighborhood Watch-USAonWatch encourages education and common sense as it strives to involve citizens in crime prevention and emergency preparedness. It teaches citizens how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their community. Also, citizens have the opportunity to give back to their neighborhood by working together to make the community safer as well as improve the neighborhood's quality of life.
A Neighborhood Watch program is easy to start. All you need to do is have a meeting with your neighbors. Do not forget to invite a representative from your local law enforcement. Neighborhood Watch programs are built upon successful partnerships with law enforcement.
Use the suggestions below to build an effective and successful Neighborhood Watch Group.
It is important to keep your group active and enthusiastic. Maintaining communication between group members and your local law enforcement agency is important. Be sure to schedule regular meetings so that your group remains focused.
If all those involved in the Neighborhood Watch program are aiming for the same goal, the program will be successful. Please remember, this is not an overnight process; it takes patience, planning, and dedication. Studies show that if a Neighborhood Watch program deteriorates, criminals notice and quickly resume illegal activities. For additional resources and to learn about what other groups are doing, visit www.usaonwatch.org or contact the National Neighborhood Watch Program at [email protected].
For training on these concepts or for more information, please contact the National Neighborhood Watch-USAonWatch.org program at [email protected]
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