Community Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents, in cooperation with law enforcement, to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. It involves:
- Residents using common sense crime prevention practices to protect themselves and their property
- Neighbors getting together in programs of mutual assistance to prevent crime
- Residents being trained to recognize and report suspicious activity in their neighborhood
A Community Watch group empowers people to prevent crime, forges a bond between law enforcement and the communities that they serve, and builds a foundation for broader neighborhood involvement along with the neighborhood association. Our neighborhood is a safe and healthy place to live. We can make sure it stays that way and with a little effort can make it even better.
A Community Watch is not:
- A vigilante group
- Residents pursuing criminals or becoming physically involved in the criminal event
- Taking the law into your hands
Community Watch areas do not all look the same. Some Community Watches are defined geographically, while others may be defined on the basis of a common interest the members share. The basic structure of a Community Watch involves a Community Watch Leader, Block Captains, and members.
The Watch Captain is the liaison between the neighborhood and the police, providing crime prevention information to members, and arranging meetings with the neighborhood and law enforcement. They also provide coordination between Block Captains.
The Block Captain is the key person on your street. They will maintain an active email alert system of the Watch Members that want to participate. They will communicate with other Block Captains to ensure that accurate and timely information is sent out to inform all Members of criminal activity in the neighborhood.
The Watch Members are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. If unusual activity is spotted they will call 911 and then email, text, or call the Block Captain and inform them of the activity.
If you are interested in being a part of the Lindley Park Community Watch, please contact Joyce Eury via the form below or call/text her at 336-549-9307.