|Starting a Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Apartment
Watch, Crime Watch -- no matter what it's called -- this is
one of the most effective and least costly answers to crime.
Watch groups are a foundation of community crime prevention,
they can be a stepping stone to community revitalization.
Phase One: Getting Started -- Meetings, Block
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• Form a small planning committee of neighbors to discuss
needs, the level of interest, possible challenges, and the
• Contact the local police or sheriffs' department, or local
crime prevention organization, to discuss Neighborhood Watch
and local crime problems. Invite a law enforcement officer
to attend your meeting.
• Publicize your meeting at least one week in advance with
door-to-door fliers and follow up with phone calls the day
• Select a meeting place that is accessible to people with
• Hold an initial meeting to gauge neighbors' interest;
establish purpose of program; and begin to identify issues
that need to be addressed. Stress that a Watch group is an
association of neighbors who look out for each other's
families and property, alert the police to any suspicious
activities or crime in progress, and work together to make
their community a safer and better place to live.