is volunteer citizens coming together in a
neighborhood, communicating with each other and the
police to reduce crime in the area they live.
It is concerned citizens looking out for each other
and helping others who may need it. It is
citizens being the "eyes
and ears" of the police.
How does is work?
Neighborhood Watch works through mutual aid. Neighbors watching out for
neighbors. A police officer patrolling your neighborhood may not recognize strangers
around your house or activity in your neighborhood which could be considered suspicious.
Your neighbors know who you are, what type of vehicle you drive, who belongs in your
neighborhood and who does not. When suspicious activity or a crime is observed, the
Neighborhood Watch member calls the police, then alerts the neighbors. The key to
Neighborhood Watches success is communication between citizens and the police.
Neighborhood Watch is by no means a vigilante type organization. The confrontation of
suspicious persons or the apprehension of criminals should be left to the police.