Neighborhood Watch has proven to be an effective means for getting citizens to take positive steps to protect themselves and their neighbors against crime. It involves neighbors getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance. Citizens are trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods. Training is also given in crime prevention techniques such as “home security” and “operation identification,” etc.
The neighborhood is made safer from burglars. Another effect is to reduce the possibility of street assaults, rape, street robberies, and acts of vandalism. neighborhood Watch also helps restore the “Front Porch” to America. It brings neighbors into contact with each other once again for a common purpose, to make homes and streets safe. It creates a spirit of cooperation between law enforcement officers and the people they serve.
Just about anybody can participate. This includes but is limited to the following:
- Apartment dwellers
- Senior Citizens
- Young People
The “body” of crime prevention needs all parts working together in order to function effectively. The citizen acts as the eyes and ears of the “body” and activates the nervous system by dialing 911 when crimes or suspicious circumstances are observed or heard.
- Contact the East Saint Louis Police Department at 618-482-6721 or 618-482-6724 and explain that you are interested in joining or starting a Neighborhood Watch group. There may already be one near you.
- Get your group organized around the unique needs of your neighborhood. Various educational resources are available to help.
Crime Prevention Through Community Participation
Remember: Law enforcement officers can’t be everywhere at once, but you and your neighbors can. Put that neighbor “know how” to work.
Please, Don’t wait until your family, property, or personal possessions fall victim to a criminal. Take charge of your life and organize or join the Neighborhood Watch Program.