If everybody had a choice, no one would want to live in a crime-infested place. We all contribute to making our neighborhoods a safe place for our families, but this doesn’t mean that accidents cannot happen. Even without crime, sometimes a neighborhood watch is necessary even to help out when the unwanted occurs. So here are some essentials to starting a highly effective watch within your community.
Get the Word Out
Because almost everybody desires to live in a safe place and wants to help make it so, getting started should be easy enough. The truth of the matter is, a watch like this only increases effectiveness with numbers so having a lot of people know about it and participate is a big win for your cause. Hold a community meeting at a local rec center or a library and discuss it with your neighborhood. You’ll be surprised how many would be willing to join your new organization.
Contact the Authorities
It’s also important to let your local officials or law enforcement aware of your new watch. During the first meeting, you can even invite a representative to provide tips and other advice on how to run a successful neighborhood watch. You will need their involvement should a crime or accident occur, so it’s best to get on their side early on.
Headquarters and Equipment
A proper neighborhood watch would have everything it needs to perform its job efficiently. Local volunteers would need radios for communication during patrols. If the community allows it, closed circuit surveillance can also be installed. For accidents that are not related to crime, you may need more sophisticated equipment like rubber boats to help during flooding, or even search and rescue UTV (utility task vehicles) from Shank's Argo to cover a lot of ground. Contributions or sponsorships can fund this equipment.
Keeping our homes and families safe is a responsibility for every American. While we can’t monitor each other’s houses, we can keep the community safe by doing our part in its security.