If you reside in a suburban neighbourhood, and you are aware of local crime stats, reports and what to look out for, then you might have what it takes to set up one in your neighbourhood.
Not sure what it is?
For those that don’t know, a neighbourhood watch is an organised group of citizens devoted to crime and vandalism prevention within a specific neighbourhood.
Usually the aim of a neighbourhood watch is to educate residents on security and safety, and achieving safe and secure neighbourhoods. Also, when criminal activity is suspected, members are encouraged to report to authorities, and not to intervene.
Here’s how to do it…
- Define your neighbourhood:
Identify the area your watch group will cover. Be careful when choosing to cover a large area- that means you’ll have to create a larger group.
- Have a meeting spot:
If the watch covers only the street, then a meeting at a member’s home will suffice. If your area is bigger, you may need to obtain permission to use a school or church in the area.
- Identify crime and weak spots in your area
There is no area that is completely free of crime and knowing just what crimes you are up against will greatly improve the chances of a successful watch.
- Involve law enforcement:
Make sure that you have a coordinator in the neighbourhood’s police or emergency services branch.
- Recruit neighbours:
The most effective way to get others involved is to convince them that there is a real need for a watch. Using your data on crime for your location, you can effectively convince your neighbours to participate.