Getting Organized

When a group decides to form a Neighborhood Watch, It:

*   Contacts their local police departments Crime Prevention Unit, or the CPA WNY for help in training members in home security and reporting skills or information on local crime patterns

*   Selects a coordinator and/or block captain(s) 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 governments and law enforcement to put up Neighborhood Watch signs, usually after at least 50 percent of all households in the neighborhood are enrolled.