Community safety is generally at the forefront of homeowner’s minds and we couldn’t agree more! Delivering total peace of mind within the communities we manage is a top priority and by implementing some simple, yet effective techniques, residents can drastically impact their neighborhood safety.
A Neighborhood Watch program can help to decrease crime and bring the community together.
Whether your community is new to a Neighborhood Watch program or you want some helpful advice on how to manage your existing Neighborhood Watch, we're here to help. As one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the U.S., Neighborhood Watch increases safety awareness and deters crime, making communities safer.
The National Crime Prevention Council provides some of the following tips for Neighborhood Watch:
- Work with the police or sheriff's office. These agencies are critical to a Watch group's credibility and are the source of necessary information and training.
- Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to decide upon program strategies and activities.
- Consider linking with an existing organization, such as a citizens' association, community development office, tenants' association, or housing authority. They may be able to provide an existing infrastructure you can use.
- Canvass door-to-door to recruit members.
- Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, conduct victimization surveys, and learn residents' perceptions about crimes. Often, residents' opinions are not supported by facts, and accurate information can reduce the fear of crime.
- Sponsor cleanups, encourage residents to beautify the area, and ask them to turn on outdoor lights at night. Physical conditions like abandoned cars or overgrown vacant lots contribute to crime.
To learn more about Neighborhood Watch and how you can get involved, please call us at 1.800.354.0257 today!
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To learn more about Neighborhood Watch and how you can get involved, please call 1.800.354.0257 today!