Thursday, January 5, 2017

How To Start Your Block Watch

The Laurelhurst Community Club (LCC) posted this information in a recent newsletter:

Start Your Block Watch; It’s Easy

Block Watch is a neighbors-helping-neighbors program that takes very little time and no money. Neighborhoods with an active Block Watch program can significantly reduce residential burglaries.

Block Watch works by having you and your neighbors use simple techniques to deter, delay, detect, and report crime and to improve the quality of life for the neighborhood. Being aware of criminal activity can help in keeping your neighborhood safe. Promptly reporting all criminal or suspicious activity to 911 helps the police to assist you in promoting a safe and healthy neighborhood.

Plus, Block Watch is a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors. Starting a Block Watch is easy. First, contact your neighbors. Are they interested and willing to work together? Invite your neighbors and the LCC’s Crime Prevention Committee contacts to a meeting to get to know one another and identify any special needs. Prepare a block map that includes the names, addresses, telephone numbers (home and work) and email addresses of each household and distribute copies to neighbors who wish to be involved.

With this foundation in place, you can quickly communicate with one another in case of an emergency or criminal activity.

Go here for more information on setting up a Block Watch.

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