What is the Neighborhood Watch Program?
Neighborhood Watch is a partnership between law enforcement and the community. Together we can reduce crime and illegal activities that occur in our neighborhood.
How does Neighborhood Watch work?
Neighborhood Watch works by bringing residents in a neighborhood together for the purpose of reporting suspicious activity, informing each other about crimes that occur in the neighborhood and employing crime prevention techniques.
The Block Captain's role is to gather information and disseminate it to the other residents. The Police Department's role is to respond to calls for service, provide literature and resource material to the Block Captain and to notify the Block Captain if there are crime patterns or trends that are identified in their neighborhood.
What are the benefits of Neighborhood Watch?
- We reduce our risk of becoming victims of crime.
- We become better at responding to suspicious activity.
- We gain access to information about crimes in our area.
- A Neighborhood Watch sign shows that our neighborhood is not an easy target.
- We get to know our neighbors better for mutual protection.
- We feel safer, less fearful of crime.
- We can address other issues of concern to our neighborhood.
How do I get a Neighborhood Watch started?
- Check with the neighbors to see if they are interested.
- Identify a"Block Captain or Co-Captian.
- Have the Block Captain or Co-Captain contact Deborah Cauffiel at (734) 794-6930 (ext. 49346) to set up a date, time to meet and discuss the program.
- Establish a list of neighbors with contact information who would like to start up a neighborhood watch program in your area.
- Establish a phone and or email tree with all participants.
- Block Captain conducts an intial start up meeting to include: neighbor introductions, program overview, and identify goals and expectations.
- Block Captain should visit neighbors who were unable to attend the meeting.
Neighborhood Watch Meeting Forms
Ann Arbor Crime Mapping - shows where, when and what types of crime have occurred.
To answer the call to double the amount of neighborhood watches throughout the United States, please sign up with the National Neighborhood Watch Database, sponsored and maintained by the National Association of Sheriffs, all information is kept confidential. http://www.usaonwatch.org/