Genoa City Neighborhood Watch
December 20th, 2012
Genoa City Neighborhood Watch Group
1. What is Neighborhood Watch?
A Neighborhood Watch program is a group of people living in the same area who want to make their neighborhood safer by working together and with local law enforcement to reduce crime and improve their quality of life. A Neighborhood Watch group will have regular meetings to plan how they will accomplish their specific goals. Neighborhood Watch groups have specific leaders and assigned responsibilities.
Neighborhood Watch is Homeland Security at the most local level! It is an opportunity to volunteer and work towards the safety and security of our homes and our homeland. Neighborhood Watch empowers citizens and communities to become active in emergency preparedness, as well as the fight against crime and domestic terrorism.
2. When did Neighborhood Watch begin?
For more than 60 years, the National Sheriffs’ Association has been committed to the safety and security of America’s communities. For more than 30 years, the National Neighborhood Watch Program, an initiative of NSA, has been one of the most effective ways for citizens to become involved with law enforcement for the protection of our neighborhoods. In 2002, USAonWatch was launched as the face of the revitalized Neighborhood Watch initiative, representing the expanded role of watch programs throughout the United States.
Following the hurricanes of 2005, a new initiative for emergency preparedness and service swept the country. Neighborhood Watch programs have responded to the challenge, expanding beyond their traditional crime prevention role to help neighborhoods focus on disaster preparedness, emergency response, and terrorism awareness.
3. What are some of the benefits of Neighborhood Watch?
- Aids in crime reduction and improved quality of life
- Provides greater sense of security, responsibility, and personal control
- Builds community pride and unity
- Prepares us for helping others
In addition to some of the obvious benefits that Neighborhood Watch volunteers and their communities have experienced throughout the years, such as crime reduction and a better quality of life, Neighborhood Watch programs offer many other community benefits. For instance, NW groups provide community members with a greater sense of security, responsibility and personal control. Neighborhood Watch groups build community pride and unity, and prepare us for helping ourselves and others in our community.
4. What are some of the benefits to Law Enforcement?
- Year-round support of volunteers
- Reduces burdens
- Creates better-trained, better-informed, and better-prepared citizens
Neighborhood Watch groups provide law enforcement agencies with volunteer support year-round. The citizens become extra “eyes and ears” of law enforcement personnel and therefore reduce the Law Enforcement‘s burden.
By utilizing both the training and wide variety of tools contained in the NW Toolkit, volunteers and their groups will be able to build their skills and increase their knowledge in several areas of organization and volunteer management, which will allow them to be more effective and productive in their efforts. With this increased knowledge and helpful tools, members of Neighborhood Watch groups will be better trained, better informed, and better prepared to take care of themselves and their neighborhood.
5. What are some of the Roles and Responsibilities for Neighborhood Watch?
- Be an active member
- Create excitement
- Recruit new members
- Stay informed and inform others
- Report to law enforcement
- Keep records and statistics
Neighborhood Watch members have several responsibilities. One of the most of important things a member can do is to remain active. An active member will help create and maintain a level of excitement about the program. This will help recruit more members, which will lead to a higher level of crime prevention.
It is the responsibility of members to stay informed about issues in their neighborhood and community. This information can come from neighborhood assessments and/or crime statistics kept by local law enforcement. This information should be shared with others to keep members motivated and to prevent the group from becoming stagnant.
Email if you are interested in joining or you simply have questions about the Neighborhood Watch Program.