Neighborhood Watch Program
Neighborhood Watch has been around for many years. It is the most successful crime prevention program ever developed. The Neighborhood Watch program has served to improve the overall well-being and quality of life for the entire community. It could benefit your community, if you give it a chance.
What is Neighborhood Watch?
Teaches residents techniques to reduce the risk of being victimized.
Trains residents to recognize suspicious activities and how to report them to police.
Teaches residents how to make their homes more secure.
Teaches residents how to mark their property to properly identify it.
Allows neighbors to get to know each other and their routines so any “out of place” activity can be recognized, reported, and investigated.
Develops a cohesive body of concerned citizens addressing issues concerning the entire community.
What doesn’t Neighborhood watch do?
Neighborhood Watch isn’t meant to be any of the following:
A vigilante force working outside the normal procedures of law enforcement.
A program designed for participants to take personal risks to prevent crime.
A 100% guarantee that crime will not occur in your neighborhood, or that you will never be victimized.
What are the benefits of Neighborhood Watch?
- Gives a greater sense of security. One of the many rewards of Neighborhood Watch is a greater sense of security, well-being, and reduction of fear-of-crime in the community. It creates a greater sense of community, and puts “neighbor” back into “neighborhood.” Neighborhood Watch is also an important part of Problem Oriented Policing, which is a focus of the Greeley Police Department.
- Reduces the risk of becoming a victim of a crime. The risk is reduced because participants are taught how to take preventative measures that substantially decrease the likelihood of becoming a crime victim. Law Enforcement agencies report that not only does Neighborhood Watch reduce the risk of your home being burglarized, but the instances of other crimes such as vandalism, personal assault, and fraud also decreases.
- Prepares a resident to respond to suspicious activity. Part of the Neighborhood Watch program is training participants in your neighborhood and what law enforcement officers need from you when you are reporting such activity.
- Informs a neighbor or suspicious activity. Neighborhood Watch programs are designed to keep participants informed of crime trends and patterns so they will be better prepared to spot any crime activity and help stop it in their neighborhood.
- Advertise your involvement in Neighborhood Watch. Criminals know that if a neighborhood has a Neighborhood Watch sign posted, that neighborhood is not an easy target. They have taken the necessary steps to deter crime in their neighborhood and criminals are going to be observed. Convicted burglars have reported avoiding neighborhoods that have these signs posted.
- Acquaints you with your neighbors. Neighborhood Watch promotes getting to know your neighbors and their regular patterns. Each of you will be able to report any activity that doesn't fit with regular schedules. This means that when you are away you can feel more secure about your property.
- Reduces the fear of crime. Neighborhood Watch increases the number of arrests and convictions by serving as a network for law enforcement and the community to communicate more effectively about crime activity in the community.
- Allows other fears to be addressed. Once crime has been addressed and the fear of crime has been reduced, Neighborhood Watch participants can move on to other issues that concern the community as a whole. Some of those issues are Fire Prevention, First Aid, City/County planning, or whatever the group feels a need to address.
How do I get a Neighborhood Watch going in my neighborhood?
Call the Community Resource Office of the Greeley Police Department, 970-350-9659 and we will schedule with you a first meeting to explain more about Neighborhood Watch and the role of Block Captains.