September 18, 2019

Steps You Need to Follow When Setting Up a Neighborhood Watch

There are several important steps that you need to follow, when setting up a neighborhood watch.

Firstly, you need to organize a meeting, or indeed a series of meetings with your neighbors, in order to get them to buy into the idea of setting up a neighborhood watch. This is very sensitive, and you need to ensure that each and every neighbor is brought in. You can therefore use the phone or email to contact all the neighbors. This is like where you can go to a site like www.sbcglobal.net (this is assuming that you are one of those folks who still use the SBCglobal email program), and send emails to all your neighbors, containing the proposal to set up a neighborhood watch. A better approach still would be one where you organize face to face meetings. In the meetings, you can tackle the issues necessitating the setting up of the neighborhood watch — and finally get the proposal to come up with the neighborhood watch to emerge organically.

Secondly, you need to meet with the local law enforcement folks, in order to set up mechanisms for future liaisons in community policing. This is very important, and it is not something you should take lightly. You should take the pieces of advice given by the local law enforcement officers seriously. And you need to be aware of the fact that some of the pieces of advice you will be get from the local law enforcement officers may come across as being totally counter-intuitive.

Thirdly, you need to come up with a comprehensive operational manual for the neighborhood watch. In other words, you need to come up with the rules and regulations that will be governing the neighborhood watch’s operations. You need to be thorough here: in order to avoid pitfalls like those of the neighborhood watch turning into a vigilante group, or those of the neighborhood watch turning into a system for harassment of innocent passersby.