Contact as many of your neighbors as possible using fliers provided by your neighborhood officer.
Once your program is beginning to get underway, there are several concrete steps you should take to make the organization solid and successful:
- Contact your neighborhood officer for help in training members in home security and reporting skills, and for information on local crime patterns.
- Select a Neighborhood Watch coordinator and block captains who are responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members.
- Recruit new members, keep up-to-date on new residents, and make special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people.
- Work with your neighborhood officer to put up highly visible Neighborhood Watch signs and decals. These alert criminals that community members will watch and report their activities – often, this is enough to discourage them!
- Work with your neighborhood officer to organize citizen patrols, on foot or in vehicles, to monitor certain areas at assigned times and shifts. Lost children, stranded motorists, stray dogs, damaged street signs or traffic signals, wandering cattle, and auto accidents are often discovered by citizen patrols.
Neighbors look for…..
- Screaming or shouting for help.
- Someone looking into windows of houses or parked cars.
- Unusual noises.
- Property being taken out of houses or buildings where no one is at home, or the business is closed.
- Cars, vans, or trucks moving slowly with no lights or apparent destination.
- Anyone being forced into a vehicle
- A stranger running through private yards or alleyways.
- A stranger sitting in a car or stopped to talk to a child
- Abandoned carsDon’t investigate these problems on your own! Report these incidents to the police. Alert neighbors of such situations.