Neighborhood Watch Program
The Neighborhood Watch Program is a highly successful effort that has
been in existence for more than thirty years in cities and counties across
America. It provides a unique infrastructure that brings together local
officials, law enforcement and citizens to protect our communities.
Around the country, neighbors for three decades have banded together to
create Neighborhood Watch programs. They understand that the active participation
of neighborhood residents is a critical element in community safety -
not through vigilantism, but simply through a willingness to look out
for suspicious activity in their neighborhood, and report that activity
to law enforcement and to each other. In doing so, residents take a major
step toward reclaiming high-crime neighborhoods, as well as making people
throughout a community feel more secure and less fearful.
Many neighborhoods already have established Neighborhood Watch programs
that are vibrant and effective. For those that do not, Citizen Corps and
the renewed emphasis on citizen preparedness may provide the