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Released: 9/15/2009 Who do I contact? Theresa Chance
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(910) 433-1896
Fayetteville Police Department
Community Watch Groups Assist with Homeland Security Efforts

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,  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




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