How to Start a Neighborhood Watch Program

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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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