July 22, 2017

Getting the Neighbors to Accept the Idea of a Neighborhood Watch Group Being Set Up

One of the challenges you are likely to encounter while trying to set up a neighborhood watch is the one where you may find some neighbors being resistant to the idea. The question that comes up, then, is as to how you can get the neighbors to accept the idea of a neighborhood watch being set up. This is important because if the neighborhood watch is to work optimally, all the people who live within the neighborhood have to (genuinely) buy into the idea. Indeed, one of the most important liaisons for a neighborhood watch group is with the members of the neighborhood itself. So, how do you get the neighbors to accept the idea of a neighborhood watch being set up in their localities?

The main key to success in getting the neighbors to accept the idea of a neighborhood watch group being set up lies in one word: reassurance. This is a question of reassuring the neighbors that the neighborhood watch group won’t turn into a mechanism for harassing them or harassing their visitors. This is likely to be the main concern underlying their resistance. It is just the same way that you find some Gap credit card holders being hesitant to enroll their cards for online access. But upon being reassured that the Gap credit card login mechanism is fool-proof and more or less 100% secure, the resistance evaporates. It is the same with the folks who happen to be resistant to the idea of a neighborhood watch group being set up: the key to success is in addressing their (real) underlying fears.

In order to get the neighbors to accept the idea of a neighborhood watch group being set up within their locality, it may also be necessary to appeal to their self-interests. It may be a good idea to alert them to the ways in which the group may come to be of help to them one day, in some way. It may also be necessary to alert them to any negative happenings in the recent past: bad things that happened in the neighborhood — things that could have been avoided had there been a neighborhood watch group in place.