There are many benefits of neighborhood watch programs. These programs provide participants with additional level of home security. Possible thieves are less likely to try to break into the house in an area with neighborhood watch program then in an area without.
The neighborhood watch sign is present in all the areas that joined the program. And even if someone does try to break in, there is a good chance that your neighbors will notice that and will notify the police right away. That is the reason why the watch program was always at the top part of the list of various burglary prevention and protection lists.
Participation in a watch program is also a low-cost way to protect your house. You will only have to spend a little of your time and pay more attention to what is going on with and around your neighbors’ houses. Your neighbors will do the same for you by looking after your house and the safety of the area.
Informally many neighbors already do look out for each other. If your area does not yet participate in the watch program, you should probably meet with your neighbors and discuss the possibility of starting a new program. Your neighbors know the benefits of the neighborhood watch as well as you do and there is a good chance that they thought about that too and will be happy to participate.
How to Organize
There are several organizational steps that your group will need to take and several requirements that need to be met. You will need to contact your local police department and meet with the representative of this department. The representative (usually a specialist in home security and crime prevention) will describe you and your neighbors the organizational aspects of the watch program, various security and crime prevention tips and will provide you with the watch sign. You will also need to select a chair of your program.
After your area starts the neighborhood watch program, your group should try to encourage the participation from all the people who live in the area. The more people participate in the program, the safer your house and your neighbors’ houses are.
You should also try to make the neighborhood watch program very efficient. Meet with your neighbors and find out more about each other. You should know about each others daily plans, emergency contact information, cars, valuable property stored outside, etc. If you go on a trip, you should always notify your neighbors and your neighborhood watch coordinator.
Another way to make your neighborhood watch program more effective is to participate in various neighborhood watch training programs. There are many organizations that will offer these types of training programs. The first organizations to contact for information on these training programs are your local police department and local government office. If they don’t offer neighborhood watch training programs themselves, they can direct you to the trusted organization that does.
These training programs, sessions and seminars will be hosted by experts in the field of home security and burglary prevention. Not only you will be able to learn from experts in the field but you will also be able to communicate with other participants and learn from them. Even if your area does not participate in the neighborhood watch program, you should still try to attend these types of training sessions and seminars.
Your local police department may also offer access to various neighborhood watch resources. These resources will include access to various educational information, security guides, information on other neighborhood watch programs and advice section on how to start or improve your own neighborhood watch program. Different crime prevention information will also be available for your review.
There are national organizations that support neighborhood watch programs all over the country and that will provide access to excellent resources and helpful guides. As a result, you will have all the information and resources that you need to start your own watch program with your neighbors. Your homes, your families, your valuables and your community will become more secure and safe. It is very likely that your neighbors will support your efforts and will do their best to help organize an effective program.