Neighborhood Watch Ideas and Programs

April 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Maybe people are concerned about a rise in crime due to a falling economy, or maybe it’s just one of those weird coincidences, but I came across three articles today all dealing with neighborhood watch programs. Two of the articles I came across dealt with guidelines and suggestions for creating a neighborhood watch in your area.

The first is an article at the Baltimore area, which gives a nice succinct list of tips for a successful neighborhood watch. The second is posted at Merari Irarem, and is a more in-depth article about the importance of starting a neighborhood watch with some resources and guidlelines.

In addition, you may want to look at an article from the Zanesville Times-Recorder, that covers a story about community citizens coming to together to create a Crime Stoppers Watch program. The great thing about this article is that it shows how average citizens have the power to improve their own community, and what motivated community members can do to prevent crime in their area.

Overall, though, starting a neighborhood watch program is a great idea in any neighborhood. Not only does it have a positive effect on crime, but it also gets neighbors involved with each other, gives them a sense or community, and fosters a sense of community pride.

In my experience, local police are always willing to help community members with neighborhood watch programs and encourage them to do so. If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch program, contact them and ask how they can help.

For more resources on creating a neighborhood watch in your area visit:
USA On Watch
The National Neighborhood Watch Institute
Crime Stoppers USA

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