Neighborhood Watch has been proven to be effective in the fight against crime as well as serving to improve the well-being of the entire community. Some benefits of Neighborhood Watch include:
- Reduce the risk of being a crime victim. Risks are reduced because neighborhoods are taught how to take preventative measures that can substantially decrease the likelihood of becoming a crime victim.
- Better prepared to report suspicious activity. Part of Neighborhood Watch is learning how to report suspicious activities and what information is helpful for law enforcement when crime is being reported.
- Greater access to criminal activity information. Neighborhood Watch groups are kept informed of crime trends and patterns, which helps participants to be better prepared to spot any crime activity and stop it in their neighborhood.
- Displayed Neighborhood Watch Signs. Criminals see a neighborhood with a Neighborhood Watch sign posted, and it says that neighborhood is not an easy target. By taking the steps necessary to deter crime in their neighborhood, any behavior would be observed and reported to law enforcement. Convicted burglars have reported avoiding neighborhoods that have these signs posted.
- Know your neighbors. Neighborhood Watch promotes getting to know your neighbors and their regular patterns so that each of you will be able to report any activity that doesn't fit with regular schedules. This means that when you are away you can feel more secure about your property.
- Reduce the fear of crime and making your neighborhood more livable. Neighborhood Watch increases the number of arrests and convictions by serving as a network for law enforcement and the community to communicate effectively about crime activities in their community.
- Allow other issues of concern to the community as a whole to be addressed. Once crime has been addressed and the fear of crime has been reduced, Neighborhood Watch participants can move on to other issues that concerns the community as a whole.
For more information, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 651-266-7338 or via email.