A neighborhood watch is a free and helpful way to reduce violence, bullying, and crime in an area.
- Go talk to your neighbors and local businesses to see who is interested.
- If they say yes, collect phone numbers and emails.
Host a meeting
Discuss the expectations that everyone has at all times.
- Provide the non-emergency number for police. Some communities you can dial 311, others you must directly call the station. In emergencies, dial 911.
- Decide what things prompt participants to call the police or other neighbors. Write them down.
- Set a date for the next meeting for updates.
- Be sure to email everyone a summary of what happened at the meeting no more than 24 hours afterwards.
Contact the police
- Call that non-emergency number and tell them about your neighborhood watch.
- Invite a police officer to speak and offer advice at your next meeting.
Keep it going
- Make sure you have those regular meetings.
- Expand to include other services such as a housesitting program.