Neighborhood Crime Watch
No one person in a law enforcement agency is capable of being aware of every situation occurring in a given neighborhood at all times. Because of this, neighbors are the best defense against crime.
A Crime Watch group is committed to working together and watching out for one another. They actively witness and report to their neighbors and police concerning issues that affect their neighborhood and community. Crime Watch groups provide the structure through which the police, various city agencies and the community meet one another; building trust and recognition in a partnership to reduce crime and improve neighborhood livability.
View an informational brochure (PDF).
What Crime Watch Groups Do
Crime Watch is a crime prevention program that:
- Trains citizens on the importance of recognizing suspicious activities and how to report them.
- Teaches participants how to make their homes and property more secure and how to properly identify their property.
- Allows neighbors to get to know each other and their routines so that any out of place activity can be reported and investigated.
- A cohesive body of concerned citizens addressing issues that concern the entire community.
Why Crime Watch Groups Are Important
Having strong neighborhood organization is good for everyone for a number of reasons.
- It provides us with a way to receive information on home and personal security.
- Our concerns about our neighborhood’s welfare are best presented in a unified voice.
- When we work together, we create a better place to live for all of us, as a genuine “neighborhood”
Benefits of Participating
Reduce the risk of being a victim of crime.
- Get to know your neighbors
- Are better prepared to respond to a suspicious activity
- Have a Crime Watch sign posted in your neighborhood
- Reduces the fear of crime and makes your neighborhood more livable
- Greater access to criminal activity information
Start Your Own Group
It’s easy to get a crime watch group started. Pick out a block captain in your neighborhood, contact neighbors to see who is interested in being a part of the Crime watch group, and then call 763-427-6812 or email to get started today!