For more than 40 years, neighbors across the nation have banded together to participate in the Neighborhood Watch Program and form watch groups. The program involves neighbors watching out for neighbors, and is based on the philosophy that an active participation of neighborhood residents is a critical element in community safety. Neighborhood Watch allows community members the opportunity to work together with law enforcement to prevent crime in their neighborhoods.
How Neighborhood Watch can help prevent crime in your neighborhood:
- Neighbors are the eyes and ears for one another and law enforcement
- Neighbors watch and report suspicious activity in the neighborhood
- Neighbors get to know each other while building a stronger community
How does it work?
An effective program consists of a Police Liaison, and Neighborhood Watch Members. The Police Liaison responsible for staying in touch with the resident members of the Neighborhood Watch. All residents are encouraged to take an active role in reporting suspicious activity in the neighborhood.
When a crime or suspicious behavior is observed, residents are asked to contact police FIRST to report the incident. The Chesaning Police Department does not advocate citizens taking any action when observing suspicious activity; trained law enforcement should be the only ones ever to take action.
How do I participate in the Neighborhood Watch?
Talk with your neighbors about the program and generate their interest in participating.
Set up a meeting with the Police Liaison (Sgt. Conner). He will meet with you and interested residents to discuss the program and answer your questions. If members are ready to participate, the police department will provide them with the resources they need to start!
How much of my time will it require?
Participation in Neighborhood Watch takes very little time. We simply ask you to be observant while conducting your normal everyday activities. There is no specific time you would be "patrolling", if you choose to do so. If you choose to take part in a patrol, the police department will provide you with lighting, vehicle magnets, vehicle stickers, and a method of communication.
Where are the meetings held?
They are typically held at the Police Department/Village Chamber. The Chesaning Police Dept. recommends that Neighborhood Watch groups hold meetings on a monthly basis to exchange information and share ideas. The Police Department will attend any meetings and is available for assistance on an ongoing basis.
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