Create a watch-out-for-each-other atmosphere
Active Neighborhood Watch groups help to reduce crime on their block through communication, that is, communication between neighbors and neighbors and police. Residents who spend time getting to know each other and building relationships create a network of information-sharing resulting in a watch-out-for-each-other atmosphere.
To help you get started, officers from the Salem Police Department Crime Prevention Unit provide neighbors with the tips and techniques to keep crime away.
Start with speaking with your neighbors to determine their level of interest. Consider including the residences you see on a regular basis, such as those you notice as you turn onto your street. Call the Crime Prevention Unit for a startup packet to help you get going.
Come up with a date and time which would work for everyone to have your initial meeting with a crime prevention officer. Once you have a few dates in mind, call the Crime Prevention Unit to set the meeting date and time.
The meeting is the neighborhood’s opportunity to discuss any concerns and receive expert advice from the officer. After your startup meeting, keep in communication with your neighbors. Consider starting an email group or a private social media group to keep in touch. Create reasons to get together, such as park cleanups, graffiti paint-over parties, a community garden, or a National Night Out block party. And, invite your neighborhood police officer to attend. We want to be part of your neighborhood safety!