September 18, 2019

Equipment That the Core Members of a Neighborhood Watch Program Need to Have

Ideally, all members of a given neighborhood should be members of the local neighborhood watch program. But the reality is such that in most neighborhoods, only a few members show willingness to undertake this duty with zeal. Those are the ones who end up being the core members of the neighborhood watch program. And the nature of their work is such that they need to have certain pieces of equipment, if at all they are to be in a position to perform their role well.

Firstly, the core members of a neighborhood watch often need to have torches, especially if they have to undertake the role of patrolling the neighborhood at night. What is even more critical in this regard is for members of the neighborhood watch program to be trained on the proper use of these torches. The objective is get them to avoid ‘interrogating’ everyone they shine their torch-lights on. They need to be trained to only stop a person if they really have a genuinely good reason to believe that the person is up to no good. This is in line with the broader objective of protecting the neighborhood watch from mutating into a vigilante group.

Secondly, the core members of a neighborhood watch often need to have whistles, or other types of similar equipment through which they can raise the alarm instantly if they encounter anything bad. If these can’t be bought locally, then the members of the neighborhood watch can opt to import them. Most important is to ensure that the members of the neighborhood watch program are trained on the proper way to use the whistles, and the exceptional circumstances under which they can use the whistles. If they are trained properly, they will soon understand what is expected of them. Never underestimate human capacity to learn: if, for instance, all the employees of a company like UPS are nowadays able to learn how to use the UPS employee login functionality at the UPSers website, it is clear that people are capable of learning anything.

Thirdly, the core members of a neighborhood watch program often need to have protective clothing. This is particularly necessary if they have to undertake the role of patrolling the neighborhood at night, when it is too cold.

In some cases, the members of the neighborhood watch may also need to have special communication equipment like, for instance, radio communication equipment. There are also cases where the neighborhoods are very large, and where the members of the neighborhood watch programs therefore need to have special vehicles for their patrols. In these cases still, the members of the neighborhood watch program have to be trained on how to be unobtrusive in their work, lest they turn into a nuisance.