The ABC’s of Neighborhood Watch

You can form a Watch group around any geographical unit, village, one or several blocks, an apartment, park, business area, housing complex, office or marina. A few concerned residents, a community organization or law enforcement agency can spearhead the effort to organize a Neighborhood Watch group. Any community resident from that geographical unit 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 their neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions to the police. 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 to bring a neighborhood together in a common effort to make the neighborhood a safer one.