Starting a neighborhood watch program in your community can strenghthen the bonds among its members and make it a safer place to live. You can start a neighborhood watch program in your community, but it's going to take a little bit of organization. Here's how start a neighborhood watch program in your community:
Things You'll Need
- a group of committed individuals
- neighborhood watches materials and literature. These can be obtained by contacting local law enforcement or various sources on the internet.
- a meeting place.
Build a group. You're going to need to form a group of committed members of your local. Ask around. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and local law enforcement for willing participants.
Conduct a committee meeting. The role of the committee will be to make a draft of specific issues that affect the community. Defining your areas problems will help you come up with solutions. Meetings will also be a chance to establish means of communication such as telephone numbers, e-mail, etc.
Establish boundaries. Figure out the precise perimeters the group will cover and where the responsibilities of each community member lay.
Post signs. Distribute flyers and other neighborhood watch materials and literature around the area. This informs community members about upcoming meetings and serves as a warning to potential perpetrators.
Consult the experts. Local public safety officials are tackling the issues that face your community on a daily basis. They can provide you with hints and suggestions to help you conduct your meetings, tell you what to look for, and what to do when you find it.
Register your Neighborhood Watch program. USA On Watch is a websites designed for local neighborhood watch programs and provides resources and discussions that can help you improve your program.
Tips & Warnings
- Your meeting can be held in a home if your group is small, but larger groups may need to secure more space, such as a school, church hall or community center.
- Conduct regular meetings and have time to socialize. Bonds among members are the foundation of an active neighborhood watch program.
- Have flyers and informative literature translated into Spanish or any other language encountered in your community. Increasing the spread of information by incorporating all of its members will build a stronger community, which will mean a safer community.
- Micromanage and divide up the responsibilities. Don't be afraid to delegate.
- A neighborhood watch program is not a substitute for law enforement. Do not take actions that will put any group members in danger. When you find a problem, call the police.
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