September 23, 2017

Challenges You are Likely to Encounter When Running a Neighborhood Watch

Running a neighborhood watch is not an easy thing. There are certain challenges that you are almost certainly bound to encounter, when running a neighborhood watch.

The first major challenge that you are likely to encounter, when running a neighborhood watch, is that of getting volunteers. The activities of a neighborhood watch more often than not require volunteers: you know, the people to do the patrols within the neighborhood and so on. But as you are bound to discover, the people have better uses for their time. So you are likely to end up having a difficult time getting people to volunteer their time, unless the neighborhood happens to have experienced a spate of insecurity incidents in the recent past.

The second major challenge that you are likely to encounter, when running a neighborhood watch, is that of getting cooperation from the neighbors. Most of the neighbors won’t be able to appreciate the need for a neighborhood watch. Asking them to ‘say something, when they see something’ is likely to be a difficult call: yet the success of a neighborhood watch depends on the extent to which the neighbors are ‘watchful’. It is likely to be even more complicated when you ask for financial contributions from the neighbors to run the neighborhood watch activities. As you are bound to discover, a neighbor who has just gotten to a see a rather meager Walmartone paystub online is likely to have a lot of resistance to any requests for funds to finance a neighborhood watch — and you really can’t blame her.

The third major challenge you are likely to encounter, when running a neighborhood watch, is that of getting cooperation from the local police authorities. The local police authorities may believe that the area is their ‘turf’, as far as maintenance of law and order is concerned. So they may view neighborhood watches as unwelcome competition. In the worst case scenarios, the local police authorities may actually put obstacles on the neighborhood watch activities, and try to sabotage the neighborhood watch initiative.