Neighborhood Watch • Establishes a Sense of Community Cohesiveness - Unity of Purpose. • Establishes contact with Police Department and neighborhood services. • Good Neighbor Program, not just about crime.
Neighborhood Watch Objectives • Improve or create neighborhood cohesiveness • Reduce levels of fear of crime in the community • Improve reporting characteristics of citizens • Increase natural surveillance in the community • Reduce crime/prevent crime • Support Homeland Security
Neighborhood Watch Do All Neighborhoods Need a Neighborhood Watch Program? YES
Neighborhood Watch How Do You Start Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch REACTIVE: Wait for the Community to Call You PROACTIVE: Target areas, Large Neighborhoods, Hot spots
Neighborhood Watch - Types • Static Watch - Observe and Report • Active Watch - Walking Patrols • Active Watch - Vehicle Patrols
Neighborhood Watch - Components • Planning Committee • Block/Road Captain Volunteers • Training - observation skills & crime prevention • Communications - telephone tree • Community/home signs • Law Enforcement Support
Neighborhood Watch • Get maps of target areas - look at neighborhood lines • Contact Community Development for a possible listing of existing civic associations - go to meetings • Hold meetings in the Neighborhood at churches, schools, libraries
Neighborhood Watch Mechanics CHOOSE A BLOCK CAPTAIN: • Should be a Motivator • Should be a Leader or perceived leader • Should be willing to devote time
Block Captain’s Duties • Establish a meeting schedule and location (at least once a quarter) • Organize a Neighborhood Phone Tree • Disseminate crime prevention literature & brochures • Disseminate Crime Statistics/Information as needed
Block Watcher’s Responsibilities • Act as Eyes & Ears for the police • Study crime prevention info passed on to them • Obtain a free residential survey • Mark property inside & outside of home with Operation Identification • Be a good neighbor
Block Meetings • At least four per year • First meeting - get acquainted, handouts, statistics, etc. • Within short distance from home • No more than one hour • Set a date for the next meeting
Neighborhood Communications PHONE TREES and E-MAIL LISTS What Information Would Be Beneficial To Include? • Name, Address, phone number (s) • Number, age and sex of people in house • Vehicle information • pet information • other?
Neighborhood Patrols • Groups can decide to walk or ride • Determine how much time they have and how many volunteers • How large of an area is covered • How great is the need for the patrols - obtain crime analysis information from Police
Neighborhood Patrols Police can offer training on: • What to look for • How to report crimes • Personal Safety when patrolling • Safety and Security Hazards
Neighborhood Patrols • Police can offer analysis of crime in the area • Police help decide what equipment is needed for patrols - ideas?
Once Organized • Have meetings at least 4 times/year • Encourage neighbors to participate in Operation Identification • Maintain a functioning Phone Tree - or communication system • Meet their beat officers • Plan neighborhood activities • Inform new residents of the program
Neighborhood WatchPolice Support • Maintain contact with the Block Captains • Update and provide crime data • Newsletters - Crime Prevention Literature • Recognize good job by watches
Neighborhood WatchPolice Support • PERFORM SECURITY SURVEYS • SCHEDULE CRIME PREVENTION TRAINING • Personal Safety • Operation Identification • Residential Security • others
NEIGHBOHOOD WATCH Contact: Officer Janice Hetzel (703) 792-7240 firstname.lastname@example.org