The Neighborhood Watch Program is a community-run Crime Prevention Program designed to actively join citizens and police together to combat crime through education and awareness.
Neighborhood Watch operates under three principles:
Being Neighborly - Neighbors get to know each other and watch out for each other.
Education - Police educate citizens about recognizing suspicious activity, home security strategies and other crime-related quality of life issues.
Sense of Pride - Education and working together creates a sense of pride and belonging for participants. This creates a bond for the group, giving them a sense of shared purpose to make their neighborhood safe.
Step 1 - Talk with neighbors about the value of starting a Neighborhood Watch group. One block captain can typically oversee up to 30 houses or one city block, so focus on neighbors close to your home for the initial planning. Ask your neighbors to help plan the first neighborhood meeting.
Step 2 - Contact the Crime Prevention Office at 972-216-6600. Crime Prevention officers will provide you with assistance and a booklet to help you plan your first meeting.
Step 3 - Your first meeting - The first meeting is mostly informational. Agenda topics often include: