What is a Neighborhood Watch Program?
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities.
What does it involve?
Neighbors getting to know each other, taking the time to care about each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance.
Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in the neighborhoods.
Crime prevention strategies such as Home Security, Operation Identification and Auto Theft Prevention.
Neighborhood Watch was created to obtain citizen involvement in discouraging and preventing residential crime. Neighborhood Watch Programs are not designed as a substitute for police protection; rather they supplement police activities by providing extra eyes and ears. When neighbors know each other personally, they are more aware of each other’s habits and routines. This awareness, in turn, makes them more observant of activities that are suspicious or out of place, like strange cars in the neighborhood or suspicious persons who are at your house while you are away.
The participants make their neighborhood a safer place to live by becoming more active and involved in their neighborhood activities. As a result, they become more aware of problems when they occur. This will not take a lot of time and soon will develop into a daily routine of watching out for what goes on in your neighborhood.
Neighborhood Watch Programs help to create an identity within the neighborhood, which in turn fosters a sense of pride and belonging for the participants. The bottom line is neighbors looking out for one another.
For more information about starting a neighborhood watch, please contact the Office of Community Liaison at 512-990-6940 or OCL@pflugervilletx.gov.