Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch Committee
The purpose of this committee is to bring our neighbors together to:
- Look out for each other. It is getting to know each other and becoming familiar with your neighbors' habits and vehicles so that you will know when something is suspicious or out of the ordinary.
- Recognize potential suspicious activities, Neighbors report such activity by calling the police. All of this doesn't make you a nosy neighbor - it makes you a good neighbor in the old-fashioned sense of the word.
Many people don't want to bother the police because they are afraid that it may not be a real emergency or that they may be embarrassed if their suspicions turn out to be unfounded. The police would much rather be called out to investigate than to be called after a crime has been committed.
When in doubt, always call 911. The 911 dispatch center is staffed with trained operators who will evaluate your call, rank its priority, and dispatch it to the appropriate officer.
DON'T take unnecessary chances by attempting to confront the suspicious person. Crime watch does NOT mean being a vigilante. Participants do not confront suspects or take any personal risks at all.
How can I be a Participant?
It doesn't take a lot of time or money. Contact any committee member to find out what Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch can do for you and what you can do for your neighbors. Some basics are:
- Keep Informed
- Attend Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch meetings, read the Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch materials provided to you. Learn about crime prevention and share the information with your neighbors.
Offer your help whenever you can. We need help with copying or distribution of materials, telephone calls, meetings, etc.
Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch doesn't cost you anything to participate or to receive its benefits. Occasionally we do have some expenses and ask our Home Owners Association to cover them. Contributions, such as your time, paper for newsletters, etc., to help support this program are gladly accepted.
What are the Benefits of Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch?
- You will be more aware of the types of crimes in our area and how to prevent them from happening to you.
- You will learn about crime prevention techniques to make your family, property, and neighborhood safer.
- You and your family will feel safer, which may be almost as important as actually being safe!
- You will meet more neighbors and develop new friendships.
- Your will have neighbors who will look out for your property when you are away and vice versa.
- You will have a sense of accomplishment from doing something about crime.
Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch Overview
- Know your neighbors.
- Be observant.
- Be aware of what is suspicious.
- Always report any suspicious activities and crimes to the police and then inform your Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch Chairperson.
- Be knowledgeable about area crimes and the related prevention tips.
- Take simple crime prevention measures to avoid unnecessary crimes.
- Attend area crime watch meetings.
- Volunteer with your Community Patrol/Neighborhood Watch.