Carmen Caldwell: Hi! I am Carmen Caldwell, Executive Director of Citizens' Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County in Florida and a member of the National Crime Prevention Associations Board of Directors.
Today, I would like to talk to you about starting your own Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch is a program that asks neighborhood to be eyes and ears of law enforcement and also in joining each-other to better take care of their neighborhood.
Beyond the day-to-day crime prevention Neighborhood Watch groups help the neighborhood strengthen their quality of life as well as securing the safety of each neighbor.
Since 1972, Neighborhood Watch has meant residents looking out for each other, working together on neighborhood problems and making their community safer. Members learn how to work with law enforcement and report suspicious activities to their local police or Sheriff's office.
It's not hard to start and sustain a Neighborhood Watch. Take the first step to get the entire community involved by recruiting their local law enforcement to host a safety event where you can then speak to all the neighbors about starting Neighborhood Watch program.
Holding regular meetings and developing creative and useful activities that can keep your neighbors engage. Neighborhood Watch also allows members to get the word out about what type of safe community initiatives are available in the area. For example, Celebrate Safe Communities is an initiative designed to provide support and resources that reinforce neighborhood crime prevention efforts. Throughout the year, these events are used to educate and empower the local community.
Programs such as Neighborhood Watch can help those communities learn to respond appropriately to any particular crime trend that might be affecting the community. Every neighborhood is different and has its own set of crime issues, but one thing we all have in common is that everyone wants a safe community. A Neighborhood Watch can help you work towards that goal.