What is Neighborhood Watch?
- It's not a vigilante group.
- The members do not peek in windows.
- The members do not arrest.
- They don't keep a black book on the people in the neighborhood.
- They do work with law enforcement as observers.
- They serve the community and assist where needed.
- They are a group of volunteers working to making you community safer for you, your children and your friends.
What you can do
- Be alert to unusual or suspicious behavior in your neighborhood. Call the police if warranted. Write down descriptions of the person(s) and license number of any vehicles.
- Tell a trusted neighbor if your house will be unoccupied for an extended period. Tell him or her how to reach you in an emergency.
- Look after your neighbors' homes when they are away, and ask them to look after your's. This includes picking up mail or newspapers and putting back the garage cans or recycling bins. Don't leave signals that say "no one is home."
- Attend Neighborhood Watch meetings often to learn about local crime trends, emergency preparedness, problem solving and what you can do to find solutions.
- Above all get involved. It is the most effective way to reduce or present crime and make your neighborhood safe.
- Remember, your job is to report crime. The responsibility for apprehending criminals belongs to the police.
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