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NCJ Number: 78293 Find in a Library
Title: New York Neighborhood Watch - Program Guide
Corporate Author: New York State
Division of Criminal Justice Services
Office of Crime Prevention
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State
Albany, NY 12203
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This program guide tells New York residents how to establish a Neighborhood Watch program.
Abstract: Established by the National Sheriffs' Association in 1972, Neighborhood Watch is a self-help anticrime program in which police and citizens work together for neighborhood safety. The guide describes the role of law enforcement officials and residents in setting up the program and outlines the different functions of both groups. For example, the law enforcement agency should act as initial organizer, and law enforcement personnel should attend meetings and train Neighborhood Watch groups in general crime prevention and security techniques. Neighborhood Watch members should report suspicious persons, accept deliveries for vacationing neighbors, and keep neighbors' keys. Some solutions for such possible problems as lack of resident involvement or enthusiasm are given, and the uses of evaluation are outlined. Evaluation can serve as an accurate gauge of success or failure, build member motivation and incentive, and help meet the requirements of funding organizations. A list of program materials from the State Office of Crime Prevention is given, and descriptions of additional programs such as Operation Identification and Direct Deposit are supplied.
Index Term(s): Block watch; Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Crime prevention measures; Deterrence; New York
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