No matter what size or age, everyone in the neighborhood is of value. Recruit them and bring them together. More people means more coverage. Younger kids can be used to patrol on bicycle, roller skates, or skateboard; tools that are quick and not accessible to older adults.
Bring guest speakers and relevant entertainment or information to meetings to keep the cause fresh and people excited. Make sure these meetings are accessible to everyone, and they accommodate people with disabilities.
Don’t Let Rumors Circulate
Reduce any worry in the neighborhood by getting truthful information out quickly. Only let the facts circulate so rumors don’t startle residents.
Upkeep the Neighborhood
Untrimmed greenery, trash, excessive materials outside, and other uncleanliness can encourage burglars. Keep the neighborhood clean and tidy.
Don’t be Aggressors
Patrol programs are useful ways to monitor the neighborhood, but never assume the role of aggressor. The role of a watch is to deter and monitor crime, not to be the hand of justice.
Have Home Security and Display Signs
Encourage residents to purchase home security systems and display yard signs. This will further deter burglars. Other home security features like motion sensor lights or security cameras are important as well.
Be a Community
These groups can extend their reach away from just crime. Things like gang violence, drug abuse, elderly issues, crime in schools, and sexual assault prevention bring neighbors together through events, activities, awards, et cetera.