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NCJ Number: 98233 Find in a Library
Title: Neighborhood Watch - A Community Approach to Crime Prevention
Corporate Author: New Jersey Dept of Community Affairs
United States of America
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
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Annotation: Following a description of the Neighborhood Watch approach to crime prevention, guidelines for implementing and maintaining a Neighborhood Watch program are presented.
Abstract: The program encourages community residents to become more aware of activities as they go about their daily routines. Participants, in effect, act as the eyes and ears of police and are instructed to report promptly and accurately any unusual activity they observe. The role of the police in the program is to provide assistance, act as advisors to the group, and help maintain the group's momentum. Implementing the program requires analysis of crime problems, recruitment of leaders, liaisons with local associations, and a good publicity campaign to garner community support. The initial meeting should include delineation of block areas and organization of the block plan. The second meeting consolidates the block plan so participants can work together efficiently. The use of Neighborhood Watch signs and their placement is explained. Guidelines for maintaining the group and facilitating successful meetings are presented. Emphasis should be placed on agenda-setting, advance preparation of materials that preserve listener interest, and the use of a set timeframe for meetings. Special tips for group leaders and speakers are provided. Attachments include sample block maps and location sheets, a home security survey, window sign logos, an informational letter, a sample newsletter, and a list of resources.
Index Term(s): Block watch; Community crime prevention programs; Community involvement; Crime prevention measures; Program implementation; Program planning
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