About the Program
The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch program is to organize neighbors and bring them together in order to make them more vigilant about what transpires in their neighborhood. Neighborhood watches help reduce the fear and incidence of crime, thus making Civic City a safer place to live, work, and play.
What is a Neighborhood Watch Group?
The stereotype about Neighborhood Watch Groups is that people think they are little old, nosy ladies that sit in front of their windows all day. Well, if that is the case, we should be thankful for those little old, nosy ladies because they have prevented a lot of burglaries during the day when most people are at work by calling the police. A Neighborhood Watch does not mean prying or nosy neighbors who try to stop criminals all by themselves. As a member, your responsibility is to call the police and report what you have seen – NOT to take action yourself.
Remember, neighborhoods are made up of people who have the power to protect each other’s safety. By reporting any suspicious circumstances to law enforcement agencies, members of a watch group actually increase their own safety. Police cannot fight crime they do not know about. When alert citizens keep them informed, the police are far more effective against crime – and citizens have better protection and safer neighborhoods. Neighborhood Watch is volunteer citizens coming together in a neighborhood communicating with each other and the police to reduce crime in the area they live. It is concerned citizens looking out for each other and helping others who may need it. It is citizens being the “eyes and ears” of the police.
How does it work?
Neighborhood Watch works through mutual aid… neighbors watching out for neighbors. A police officer patrolling your neighborhood may not recognize strangers around your house or activity in your neighborhood which could be considered suspicious. Your neighbors know who you are, what type of ehicle you drive, who belongs in your neighborhood, and who does not.
When suspicious activity or a crime is observed, the Neighborhood Watch member calls the police, and then alerts the neighbors. The key to Neighborhood Watches success is communication between citizens and the police. Neighborhood Watch is by no means a vigilante type organization. The confrontation of suspicious persons or the apprehension of criminals should be left to the police.
It requires the assistance of citizens as additional eyes and ears in participating neighborhoods to watch for any suspicious activity and immediately report all crime and/or suspicious activity to police. If you would like to organize a neighborhood watch program in your area, please contact us at (770) 610-9748.