The National Neighborhood Watch program, sponsored by the National Sheriff’s Association since 1972, unites law enforcement agencies, local organizations and individual citizens in a community-wide effort to reduce residential crime.
How the Program Prevents Crime
Here’s a community-based program that’s been proven to deter crime:
Thousands of these programs have been developed around the country, breaking down the isolation of neighbors as they work together and with law enforcement officers. It is a remarkably successful anticrime effort, as participants work together as a true community; a neighbor looking out for a neighbor.
Any community resident can take part– young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner
A few concerned residents, a community organization, or just one concerned citizen can spearhead the effort to organize a Neighborhood Watch
Your neighborhood officer will help you get started
Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report suspicious activities to the police
You can form a Neighborhood Watch group around any geographic unit: a block, apartment building, park, business area, or housing complex
Watch groups are not vigilantes - they are extra eyes and ears for reporting crimes and helping neighbors