Strategy HCO7.1: Promote Neighborhood Watch programs to increase safety and build community.
Neighborhood Watch is a community crime prevention program that promotes education and watchfulness in communities. It teaches citizens how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. In addition, it provides citizens with the opportunity to make their neighborhoods safer and improve the quality of life. Neighborhood Watch groups typically focus on observation and awareness as a means of preventing crime and employ strategies that range from simply promoting social interaction and “watching out for each other” to active patrols by groups of citizens. Communities should partner with local law enforcement agencies to establish Neighborhood Watch programs throughout the region.