Getting Involved In Neighborhood Watch
Want to know the best crime-prevention device ever invented? A good neighbor! In fact, neighbors working together in cooperation with law enforcement can make one of the best crime-fighting teams around. We call it Neighborhood Watch.
Neighborhood Watch involves:
- Knowing your neighbor and working together in a program of mutual assistance. It's as easy as getting to know four of your immediate neighbors - front, back, and side neighbors.
- Residents being alert and willing to report suspicious activities in their neighborhood to the police.
Implementation of crime prevention techniques and improved home security.
- Here’s how to get Neighborhood Watch (NW) started in your neighborhood: Canvas the neighbors on your block to determine an interest in having a meeting. Let them know the meeting is held in a home on the block or at a nearby community center. A Longmont Police Officer will try and attend the first NW meeting to update the neighbors on area crime patterns and activity. There is no cost. Frequent meetings are not required, and no one is asked to take a personal risk to prevent crime.
The meetings usually last from one to two hours. These meetings allow neighbors to get to know each other and provide training on recognizing and reporting suspicious activity.
Neighborhood Watch is not just about crime prevention. It's also a great way to form long lasting friendships and have fun, as well.
Neighborhood Watch is another way to get involved in Community Engagement. Community engagement is a way of ensuring that community members, of all ages, feel they are a valued part of the neighborhood and have a way to share their time, talents and gifts. Take a little time to get to know your neighbors and learn what hobbies and skills they would like to share to help make your neighborhood the best one to live in here in Longmont!
For information on setting up your Neighborhood Watch meeting email or call (303) 774-4440. Ask for your copy of the "NW Participants Handbook" and "Home and Personal Security Handbook."
Also, visit the National Crime Prevention Council's website or the National Sheriff's Association for additional information on the Neighborhood Watch program.