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Starting a Neighborhood Watch Group

A neighborhood watch group is an association of neighbors who look out for each other’s families and property, alert the police to any suspicious activities and work together to make their community a safer and better place to live. Here are some tips on how to start a neighborhood watch group in your area.

First, form a small committee of neighbors to discuss your needs, the level of interest, and the neighborhood watch concept in general.

Invite a law enforcement officer to attend your meeting or contact your local police to discuss local crime problems.

Publicize your meeting at least one week in advance by distributing fliers and by calling your neighbors.

If your neighborhood decides to adopt the watch program, elect a chairperson and ask for volunteer block captains to relay up-to-date information to other neighbors.

For more help on the best ways to organize, contact the National Crime Prevention Council at .

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