The American way of life is changing rapidly. Americans don't know their neighbors as well as they once did. Churches, schools, and neighborhoods are no longer social institutions linking entire families into a single community. The front porch has disappeared and the family has moved its social activities to the back yard- often behind a tall fence or hedge. As towns become more crowded, we all seek more and more privacy. That privacy- that moved from the front porch to the back patio- has had its price. Neighborhood Watch has helped restore the front porch to America. It is bringing neighbors into contact with each other once again for a common purpose- to make our homes and streets safe. It has created a spirit of cooperation between law enforcement and the people they serve. (National Neighborhood Watch Program Manual) Neighborhood Watch is a residential crime prevention program which:
¤ Teaches citizens target hardening techniques to reduce the risk of being victimized at home and in public.
¤ Trains citizens on the importance of recognizing suspicious activities and how to report them.
¤ Teaches participants how to make their homes more secure and properly identify their property.
¤ Allows neighbors to get to know each other and their routines so that any out of place activity can be reported and investigated. This can also develop into relationships where neighbors agree to collect each other's mail and newspapers while they are on vacation.
¤ Forms a cohesive body of concerned citizens addressing issues that concern the entire community including Drug Awareness, Personal Safety, Violence Prevention, Health and Safety, Fire Prevention, City Planning, Street Repairing and Disaster Preparedness.
¤ Emphasizes cooperation between neighborhood watch members and law enforcement.
Reduce your fear of crime, empower yourself and your neighborhood - start a Neighborhood Watch Program today!
The Bonney Lake Police Department will provide training and materials to help get you started. Contact Community Service Officer Yanez at 253-863-2218 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.