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Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, Town Watch, Crime Watch , whatever the
name, it's one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime
and reduce fear in your neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch Programs fight
the isolation and separation that crime creates and feeds upon. It forges
bonds among area residents and businesses, helps reduce burglaries and
robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they
Neighborhood Watch Program
Neighborhood Watch is the cornerstone of the LAPD's crime prevention
strategy. It enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation
with law enforcement, to reduce crime in communities throughout the
The Neighborhood Watch program was pioneered to educate community residents
regarding their roles and responsibilities in the prevention of crime,
and to encourage them to take active measures to prevent crime. The program
calls upon residents to step forward and assist the police in organizing
the community into a cohesive unit working toward the goal of building
a safer and crime free neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch groups discuss
neighborhood crime problems with the objective of developing solutions
to local problems. LAPD Officers supply crime information to neighborhood
watch organizations and instruct these groups in various crime prevention
The continuity and success of the Neighborhood Watch program hinges
on the person referred to as the Block Captain. The "Block Captain" is
a community member who acts as a liaison between those who work
and/or live in a particular area, and the officers assigned to
that area. Through the Block Captain, and through neighborhood
general meetings, officers pass along crime prevention tips and
information to members of the community. This liaison is maintained
on an informal basis within the framework of the Neighborhood Watch
The Basic's of Neighborhood Watch
You can form a Watch group around any geographical unit: a block,
apartment, park, business area, public housing complex, office,
or marina. A few concerned residents, a community organization,
or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the effort to organize
a Neighborhood Watch. Any community resident can join - young or
old, single or married, renter or homeowner.
Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for
each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that raise
their suspicions to the police department. Watch groups are not
vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and
helping neighbors. Neighborhood Watch helps build pride and serves
as a springboard for efforts that address community concerns such
as recreation for youth, child care, and affordable housing.
When a group decides to form a Neighborhood Watch,
- Contacts the police department or local crime prevention
organization for help in training members in home security
and reporting skills and for information on local crime patterns
- Selects a coordinator and block captains who are
responsible for organizing meetings and relaying
information to members
- Recruits members, keeps up-to-date on new residents
and makes special efforts to involve the elderly,
working parents, and young people
- Works with local government and law enforcement
to put up Neighborhood Watch signs, usually after
at least 50 percent of all households in a neighborhood
What Neighborhood Watch Members Look
- Someone screaming or shouting for help
- Someone looking into windows and parked cars
- Unusual noises
- Property being taken out of houses where no one
is at home or a business is closed
- Cars, vans, or trucks moving slowly without apparent
destination, or without lights
- Anyone being forced into a vehicle
- A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk
to a child
- Abandoned cars.
Report these incidents to the police department.
Talk about the problem with your neighbors.
How To Report
Give your name and address.
Briefly describe the event - what happened,
when, where, and who was involved.
Describe the suspect: sex and race, age, height,
weight, hair color, clothing, distinctive characteristics such
as beard, mustache, scars, tattoos or accent.
Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color,
make, model, year, license plate, and special features such
as stickers, dents, or decals.
Keeping your Neighborhood
Watch Group Active
It's an unfortunate fact that when a neighborhood
crime crisis goes away, so does enthusiasm for Neighborhood Watch.
Work to keep your Watch group a vital force for community well-being.
- Organize regular meetings that focus on current issues such
as drug abuse, "hate" or bias-motivated violence, crime in
schools, child care before and after school, recreational activities
for young people, and victim services.
- Organize community patrols to walk around streets
or apartment complexes and alert police to crime
and suspicious activities and identify problems needing
attention. People in cars with cellular phones or
CB radios can patrol.
- Adopt a park or school playground. Pick up litter,
repair broken equipment, paint over graffiti.
- Work with local building code officials to require
dead bolt locks, smoke alarms, and other safety devices
in new and existing homes and commercial buildings.
- Work with parent groups and schools to start a
Mc Gruff House or other block parent program (to
help children in emergency situations). A Mc Gruff
House is a reliable source of help for children in
emergency or frightening situations. For information,
- Publish a newsletter that gives prevention tips
and local crime news, recognizes residents of all
ages who have "made a difference," and highlights
- Don't forget social events that give neighbors
a chance to know each other - a block party, potluck
dinner, volleyball softball game, or picnic
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