What is a neighborhood watch?
"In cities around the country,
neighbors for three decades have banded together to create these "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 the police and to each other. In
doing so, residents take a major step toward reclaiming high-crime neighborhoods,
as well as making people in all areas of a city or town feel more secure
and less fearful." (US Dept of Justice)
This program is for watching, not for doing. We do not want you to take
risks or to take the law into your own hands. If you see something suspicious
- report that activity to the police. Let the police handle it. Just knowing
that people are watching can reduce the risk of burglary and other crime
activity in participating neighbors.