Community Watch is a Crime Prevention program that involves citizens working with each other and with law enforcement agencies to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. It involves:
· Citizens protecting themselves and their property by using common sense crime prevention practices.
· Neighbors getting to know each other, watching out for each other and acting on or reporting suspicious activities.
· Citizens working with groups, community leaders, and, more importantly, law enforcement agencies to make entire communities safe and free from crime.
Ø Citizen Alert, Neighborhood Watch, Block Watch, or Community Watch: the names may differ, but the idea is the same. Neighbors looking out for each other!
Why Start A Community Watch?
Because law enforcement officers cannot be on every street corner, citizen involvement is necessary to combat crime. On average, there are approximately two law enforcement officers for every 1,000 citizens. You and your neighbors are the ones who really know what is going on in your community.
By cooperating with each other and with the police, citizens can help fight crime in the most effective way – preventing the victimization of themselves, their families and friends. You are the key element in fighting crime. Get Involved!
How Does Community Watch Work?
The goal of COMMUNITY WATCH is to make criminals aware that every move is being watched and will be reported to the police. Across North Carolina, citizen’s work together to secure their homes, mark their valuables, identify drug dealers, develop child safety programs, and improve the environment in which they and their families live.
How To Start A Community Watch
· Contact the Police Department about setting up a Community Watch program. They can assist with information, materials and advice.
· Schedule a meeting with your neighbors in a church, home, community building, or other location.
· Invite an officer to speak at your original meeting to help get your Community Watch program started.
· Contact every resident in your community and invite them to the meeting. Do this by making door-to-door visits, phone calls, or mailing flyers.
· Hold your meeting.
Community Watch Works When People Get Involved And Stay Involved. To find out how to start a Community Watch in your area, Contact Theresa Mathis, City of Wilson Human Relations Department at 252-399-2309