Since its beginnings, Neighborhood Watch has grown from an “extra eyes and ears” approach to crime prevention to a much more proactive, community-oriented endeavor providing a unique infrastructure that brings together local officials, law enforcement, and citizens for the protection of their communities. Today’s Watch Group programs incorporate activities that not only address crime prevention issues, but also restore pride and unity to neighborhoods. It is not uncommon to see members of Neighborhood Watch groups participating in community cleanups and other activities that strive to improve the quality of life for residents.
The adoption of community policing by local law enforcement agencies has contributed to a resurgence in Watch groups over the years. Neighborhood Watch fits nicely into the framework of law enforcement / community partnerships, and Neighborhood Watch meetings provide a useful forum for airing neighborhood problems and practicing problem-solving techniques.
Neighborhood watch has become especially practical in current society, in which two income families are the norm and many neighborhoods are deserted during the day. While criminals have attempted to use this reality to their advantage, law enforcement has uncovered an important reality: communities in which citizens observe and report suspicious activity enjoy lower crime rates.
If you would like to begin or revitalize currently-existing Watch program in your neighborhood, please email Sergeant Matt Fellers.