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What is Community Watch?
Community Watch is a crime prevention program that involves citizens working with each other and with the police to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. It involves:
Why start a Community Watch?
Because Law enforcement officers cannot be on every street corner and park 24/7, volunteer involvement is necessary to combat crime. You and your neighbours are really the ones who know what is going on in the area and in your community. By cooperating with each other and with the police we can help fight crime in the most effective way.
A community watch is also an effective way of communication and educating what crime is, how to prevent it, and to reduce the fear of crime.
Community watch works
The goal of community watch is to make criminals aware that every move they make is being watched and will be reported to the police and to make users of the area feel safer and more comfortable.
Making Community Watch work
As well as the regular patrols by volunteers and increased communication with the police eventually as the Community Watch develops and evolves and grows we can work together on projects such as community clean up, diversionary tactics for the trouble causers etc.
REMEMBER: criminals gravitate to places where they feel safe and secure. They avoid places where they are likely to get caught.
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