Neighborhood Watch

Introduction


Every day, we encounter situations calling upon us to be the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Not only does Neighborhood Watch allow citizens to help in the fight against crime, it brings residents together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. The Neighborhood Watch Program draws upon the compassion of average citizens, asking them to lend their neighbors a hand.
Visible signs of the program are seen throughout America on street signs, window decals, community block parties and service projects. Call us to get started!

When you become a National Neighborhood Watch member you will receive an Action Pack that has great information on building a watch group, meetings, and much more. If you would like to receive notifications of crimes in Gallatin please register here or join our online forum to discuss issues important to you.

Start a Watch Group in Five Easy Steps


  1. Recruit and Organize as Many Neighbors as Possible


    It is wonderful that you are taking the steps to start a Neighborhood Watch group in your neighborhood. The first step is talking to your fellow neighbors about starting a group.
  2. Contact Your Local Law Enforcement Agency to Schedule a Meeting


    The next step is contacting your local law enforcement agency. Invite them to meet with your group at a time and place convenient for your Watch Group. It is essential for your group to work in collaboration with law enforcement because Neighborhood Watch is a cooperative effort.
  3. Discuss Community Concerns and Develop an Action Plan


    If law enforcement is unavailable to come to the first meeting you might want to have a meeting to discuss the concerns and issues in the neighborhood. Your group should create a plan on how to work towards lessening the impact of the top three concerns of neighbors.
  4. Create a Communication Plan


    It is important to decide what type of communication will work for your watch group - meetings or social media or both.
  5. Take Action: Hold Meetings and Events


    Neighborhood Watch Toolkit has a number of wonderful training topics and meeting ideas that can be useful to your group.

Article: Strategies to Engage the Community


Special thanks to the National Crime Prevention Council.

Strategy: Citizen Volunteers To Prevent Crime
This strategy employs using trained citizen volunteers to report suspicious activity and provide uniformed presence in areas where..

Strategy: Directories of Services
Directories of services provided by local agencies help residents, other service providers, and police officers identify opportunities to...

Strategy: Expanded Access to Public Officials
Broaden opportunities for citizens to express their concerns about crime, safety, and other issues in discussions with public...

Strategy: Park Watch
A program enlists users and neighbors to watch over park property. Crime Problem Addressed A Park Watch program...

Strategy: Safer Design of Public Areas in Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods can reduce drug-related activity through environmental changes that make their communities less vulnerable and hospitable to drug dealers...

Strategy: Special Community Events to Promote Prevention
Special community events focus attention on crime prevention and help galvanize support for preventing crime, violence, and drug...

Strategy: Starting Neighborhood Watch Groups
Organized groups of neighborhood residents who watch out for criminal and suspicious behavior and report it to local...

Strategy: Use Media as an Ally
Local media coverage of and support for community crime prevention help raise public awareness and encourage participation in...

Strategy: Youth-Led Community Service Projects
Neighborhoods can reduce drug-related activity through youth-led community service projects that make their communities less vulnerable and hospitable...