||The Neighborhood Crime Watch Program is a self-help community crime prevention program with the objectives of reducing crime and the opportunity for crime.
Neighborhood Watch was created to obtain citizen involvement in discouraging and preventing residential crime. Neighborhood Watch programs are not designed to substitute for police protection. Rather they supplement police activities by providing extra eyes, ears, and caring. Neighborhood Watch is people looking out for people and is considered a major deterrent against crime.
When neighbors know each other personally, they are more aware of each other's habits and routines. This awareness in turn makes them knowledgeable of peculiarities and unusual events, such as strange cars or persons in the neighborhood. When neighbors know one another, they are more willing to get involved in reporting crime if they think one is taking place.
THE CRIME WATCH PROGRAM ITSELF SHOULD:
1. Increase citizen awareness of crime problems and their impact on the community.
2. Organize citizens into groups to channel individual and collective efforts into a coordinated neighborhood approach utilizing specific crime prevention measures on an individual household and neighborhood basis.
3. Maintain a cooperative system of surveillance over one another's property, children, etc.
4. Encourage accurate and prompt reporting of crimes or suspicious activity in the neighborhood to the police.
5. Mutually assist and encourage the accomplishment of home security inspections, operation identification, and target hardening by all neighborhoods.
6. Maintain a continuing system for the dissemination of educational materials relative to residential security, self-protection and criminal awareness.
7. Encourage citizens to come forward as witnesses.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH GOALS:
As a Neighborhood Watch Program is initiated within a neighborhood, planners and coordinators of the program should attempt to accomplish 2 goals.
1. To reduce by 50% criminal victimization to those residents who participate in the program.
2. To increase by 200% the incidents of citizen's reports of crime in progress.
To achieve these goals, the Richardson Police Department requires a mandatory 40% participation rate within a selected geographical area (neighborhood).