The Role of Neighborhood Watch Members

This is part five of a series of articles about Neighborhood Watch programs.

Neighborhood Watch signIf citizens got together to actively prevent crime half as often as criminals meet to create crime, the community would notice real change.


Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you during the day. If you observe something suspicious, notify law enforcement as soon as you can and try to describe the activity as accurately as possible. Stay on the telephone so you can provide additional information that may help law enforcement officers responding to the call.


  • Sex
  • Race
  • Height
  • Hair Color / Length
  • Eyes / Glasses
  • Tattoos / Scars
  • Clothing
  • Weapon
  • Vehicle: Make/Model/Color/License Plate Number


  • Individual walking around a home, looking into windows or trying to force open doors
  • Individual carrying any kind of weapon
  • Solicitors asking unusual questions
  • Unusual noises for the time of day
  • Telephone caller asking personal questions
  • Individual carrying property out of residence or business at unusual time
  • Car driving past area repeatedly, or parking and no one exits
  • Individual running from a residence or building


  • Unusual or chemical odors coming from a residence
  • Vacant or occupied house with unusually high amount of traffic
  • Double-parked cars in front of house
  • Groups of people congregating around house
  • People displaying large sums of cash, or carrying valuables into house but leaving without them


Neighborhood Watch Article Series


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