When it comes to preventing crime in communities, organized neighborhood watches are the oldest method as well as one of the most effective. Such groups actually go all the way back to the times of America’s first colonial settlements. Today, neighborhood watch groups work with law enforcement to make their neighborhoods safer by deterring crime.
Criminals thrive in neighborhoods in which people aren’t familiar with their neighbors or watch out for one another. Unfortunately, in today’s society, people have fewer personal connections. Since many families have two working parents, and children who are involved in numerous activities, homes are often empty. This creates a perfect scenario for criminals.
One of the most successful ways of deterring crime is reducing the opportunity for it to occur. When neighbors band together to form a network of “watchers,” they develop a system that can spot suspicious activity and notify law enforcement to prevent crime.
Besides making your community safer and reducing crime, neighborhood watch groups bring an added benefit. A watch group can help improve communications between residents of the community, which in turn helps foster a more united one.
There may already be a neighborhood watch in your community. You can do a quick online search at the website set up by the National Neighborhood Watch. Visit their website to find a group in your community.
Neighborhood Watch was launched in 1972. Groups of citizens get involved and work with law enforcement, where they learn how to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities. Neighborhood watch groups are one of the most successful ways of deterring crime, both by reducing opportunities for crime to occur, as well as, demonstrating their presence to would-be criminals at all times day and night.
If you want to start your own neighborhood watch group, the best place to begin is to visit the National Sheriffs Association Organization website.
The Neighborhood Watch website will provide you with all the information you need on how to start a neighborhood watch group. You’ll learn how to organize a group, how to keep track of who’s involved, how to set up neighborhood watch meetings, and how you can hone your skills in order to maintain a successful neighborhood watch.
To get more information about establishing your own neighborhood watch, visit the National Neighborhood Watch website.