Neighborhood Watch is one of the most successful, effective, and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear of crime in our communities. Watch programs fight the isolation and separation that crime creates and feeds upon. It bonds area residents and businesses, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve. Neighborhood watch is a corner stone of prevention strategies.
The program is pioneered by law enforcement agencies that educate residents regarding their roles and responsibility in preventing of crime and encourages them to take active measures to prevent crime. The program calls upon resident's to step forward and assist the police in organizing the community into a cohesive unit working toward the goal of building a safe, crime free neighborhood. Watch groups discuss crime problems with the objective of developing solutions to local problems. Officer’s supplies crime information to watch organizations and instruct these groups in various crime prevention techniques.
The United Way of Jefferson County’s role is to connect citizens and law enforcement with training material and best practices.
To start a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.