NEIGHBORHOOD BLOCK WATCH (continued)
Maybe crime has a strong grip in your neighborhood – street violence, muggings, drug dealing, shootings. People believe that the situation is out of hand. Some people are scared that the criminals will take revenge if they act. There are three ways to counter fear. First, join together. There is strength in numbers. Most criminals attack victims who are alone – not in groups. Groups can rally, march, and hold vigils to demonstrate their commitment. Second, work with the police to set up a system that allows you remain anonymous, and still report crimes. Third – you don’t have to meet where the problem is. Meet several blocks away at a local church or community center. The Neighborhood Block Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities. Networks of neighbors are trained by crime prevention officers to protect themselves and their property, as well as how to serve effectively as additional eyes and ears for law enforcement agencies in their communities. Effective operation of The Neighborhood Block Watch program is dependent upon the active participation of a majority of citizens. Citizen participation is one of the most effective tools against crime because the job of stopping burglary, robbery or sexual assault is impossible for police to accomplish alone.
(continued next week)