Community Watch Groups play a vital role in homeland security. An active Community Watch group can prevent crime by simply being aware and reporting suspicious activity taking place within a neighborhood.
Regular Community Watch Group meetings enhance security efforts by allowing residents to discuss concerns regarding their neighborhood as well as inviting a speaker to educate participants on various crime prevention and homeland security topics.
The following tips are provided for citizens interested in starting a Community Watch in their neighborhood:
§ Find out if your neighbors are interested in starting a Community Watch Group
§ Designate a location to hold a meeting and invite everyone within the boundaries of your community
§ Contact a Crime Prevention Specialist within the Fayetteville Police Department to attend the meeting and explain everyone’s role in Community Watch.
§ Invite an officer with the Fayetteville Police Department to attend the meeting. This can be accomplished through via contact with a Crime Prevention Specialist.
§ Keep your program active by:
o Having meetings on a monthly or bi-monthly basis
o Plan quarterly neighborhood events
o Send out a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly newsletter
Homeland security begins in our neighborhoods. Keeping an eye on a neighbor’s home, reporting suspicious activity and joining a Community Watch Group are just a few ways citizens can make Fayetteville a safe and strong community.
For additional information on homeland security visit, www.ready.gov. For information or questions on starting a Community Watch program, contact a Crime Prevention Specialist at (910) 433-1033/(910) 433-1034, or visit the “Community” section of the Fayetteville Police Department’s website at www.bethebadge.com.