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The Neighborhood Watch program encourages cooperation between
neighbors and helps them become familiar with each other and the law enforcement
deputies in their area.
The Neighborhood Watch program is a partnership between law
enforcement and the community to reduce and prevent crime through neighborhood
empowerment. It is a neighborhood and community based effort, designed to help
citizens and the Sheriff’s Office prevent primarily residential burglaries. In
harmony with the philosophy of Community Policing, Neighborhood Watch encourages
strong working relationships between deputies and citizens. Neighborhood Watch
is one of the most effective and least costly methods to prevent crime.
Residents, businesses and law enforcement agencies can
initiate the effort to organize a Neighborhood Watch. The first step is to find
out the initial interest level on your block and neighborhood. Any attempt at
starting an organized watch program will not be successful unless a certain
level of community interest exists. Neighborhood Watch program success is hinged
on achieving and sustaining an appropriate level of community involvement to a
point at which the neighborhood realizes a reduction and achieves prevention of
residential burglaries and other neighborhood crimes. Once neighbor and/or block
interest is obtained, enlist your neighbors to help you form a planning
committee to discuss concerns, and the focus of your Neighborhood Watch. The
following tips are suggested to encourage the neighbors to join you:
Ask your neighbors when they are available. (Meetings are
generally conducted in the evenings, Monday through Thursday)
Select a close meeting place in your neighborhood. (Local
churches, schools or community centers are usually very cooperative or even
a community member’s home)
Contact the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Community
Liaison Unit at 660-3920 to schedule a deputy to attend the meeting.
Advertising is very important! Let neighbors know when and
where the meeting will be held. Neighborhood Watch materials are available
from the sheriff’s office. Distribute fliers, in person, at least two weeks
prior to the meeting. Ask other neighbors to assist you.
Two or three days before the meeting, remind your
neighbors in person or by phone.
The first meeting is basically a social event and an
information sharing time. The deputy will explain services offered by the
sheriff’s office and how Neighborhood Watch can help your community. The
primary goal is to gauge the expected participation in the project, create
an understanding for the need of Neighborhood Watch and select volunteers to
become block captains.
You should have one block captain for every certain number
of homes (i.e., every ten homes). The Block Captains should attempt to
register every home in their assigned block. Compile a master list of all
members’ names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers, and then
distribute the list to neighborhood members.
Neighborhood Watch signs are available for purchase, but are
not required to have a Neighborhood Watch. They do serve as an additional
deterrent and are most effective when placed at the entry of your neighborhood.
Signs must be on private property. They cannot be on
Neighborhood Watch signs cannot be posted on the street
sign post displaying street names or utility poles.
Install posts in cement.
Mark the back of your Neighborhood Watch sign with your
block address using an engraver to enable law enforcement to return the sign
in the event it is stolen and recovered.
After bolting the sign onto the post, damage the back of
the bolt to eliminate the possibility of someone removing your sign by just
unbolting it from the post.
If you are interested in starting a neighborhood watch contact
the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Community Liaison Unit at 660-3920.
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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