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Block Watch
What is Block Watch?

Block Watch or Neighborhood Watch, which it is sometimes called, is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in neighborhoods. Neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement can make one of the best crime-fighting teams around. This program is ongoing and continued enrollment is always accepted. It is a free program and involves getting acquainted with your neighbors, looking out for one another, and learning more about crime prevention.

What is an effective Block Watch program?
 
Block Watch programs enlist the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce burglaries and other neighborhood crimes. Its' primary purpose is the protection of property, yours and your neighbors.

Block Watch programs teach the steps that you can take to help protect your own home. It also organizes a neighborhood group, which can make crime prevention part of every person's daily routine, just by watching out for each other. Your job is to REPORT suspicious activity to the police. It is LAW ENFORCEMENT'S job to handle the criminals!

Block Watch sends a message
 
Through active participation and visibility in your community, you are sending a message to potential intruders that homes in your neighborhood are not easily accessible to burglars and that your neighborhood is organized and actively involved in preventing crime in the area.

Talk to your neighbors

The the first step is to communicate with your neighbors to determine their interest and willingness to attend a Block Watch function. Ask about convenient times to schedule your functions. Be sure to mention that Block Watch does not ask that anyone take any personal risk to prevent crime; and Block Watch leaves the responsibility for apprehending criminals with your local law enforcement agency. Depending on the size of your block, a Block Captain and one or two assistant Block Captains may be expected.



Download a Block Watch Packet today to get involved in your community 

Host a Block Watch Block Party


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