Through the years, citizens have delegated more and more of their individual responsibility for self protection to law enforcement specialists. As a result, fewer citizens now recognize their responsibility to take an active role in crime prevention and the apprehension of criminals.
Neighborhood Watch programs consist of an organized group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a neighborhood. These programs are the most effective means available for keeping crime out of neighborhoods. It relies on the best crime fighting tool ever invented, a good neighbor. Fortunately, good neighbors are found everywhere. They live in houses, apartment buildings, urban, suburban, and rural areas.The Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program unites the Department with local organizations and residents in a community-wide effort to reduce residential crime. Neighbors working together with the Police Department are a formidable crime fighting team. Be a good neighbor and make your community safer by starting a Neighborhood Watch Program.
How to start a Neighborhood Watch Program:
- A representative/block captain of a targeted area should contact the Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Jerald January at (770) 515-7829 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The representative/block captain will then meet with Crime Prevention Officers to determine the number of homes represented in the target area on the date and time of the first Neighborhood Watch meeting.
- The Crime Prevention Officers will then provide the representative/ block captain with Neighborhood Watch meeting invitations and the Neighborhood Watch pamphlets.
- The representative/block captain will then fill out and deliver invitations, pamphlets, and a cover letter to each resident in the targeted area, announcing the date, time and place of the Neighborhood Watch meeting.
- The Crime Prevention Officer will then attend the Neighborhood Watch meeting with the representative/block captain and residents, explaining the requirements of the Police Department Neighborhood Watch Program, including the merits of Operation, Home Lighting, and the proper way to report crime.