Do you have a Neighborhood Watch Program in your area?

@reinydawn (11649)
United States
June 29, 2009 8:21pm CST
Our neighborhood doesn't have a lot of crime, but there are some things going on that we want to stop. We have a community beach and people from all over the place come to it and trash it. They don't take care of it because it's not theirs. We also have had a few incidents, burglaries, egg-throwing and such that we want to try to put a stop to. Over the past few months, we've been trying to organize a Neighborhood Watch program. And I'm a block captain. Basically, all we're really doing is telling people that it's ok to call the police if you see people where they shouldn't be, doing things they shouldn't be doing. As a block captain, people on my block would let me know when they've called the police or noticed something that needs to have an eye kept on. We had a meeting tonight and the police officer that was there talking to us about it was very impressed that we've come as far as we have with this and that we have such a great turnout. I hope this works out well because I like our quiet little community!
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@sjvenden27 (1847)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I would have to agree with youreyes... the city here really stinks when it comes to crime... Heaven forbid you need a police officer... They will come an hour toooo late... But be on your door step complicating about something stupid... I live a little farther away from youreyes, and my situation is a little different, I guess you could say I am one of the lucky ones in the area.. There are four houses that are bunged together, and we all talk to one another on a regular basis.. So if I am away I usually have someone else that is on the property at all times.. Keeping an eye out.. And I do the same, usually I am here for the most part anyways..
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
30 Jun 09
We've always tried to keep an eye out for things and let others know when somethings gone wrong. But this is just making people more aware of the neighborhood. I hope it works out for us!
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• United States
30 Jun 09
It will. I have faith.. I would really hate to see someone trying to break into my house again... They may not be so luck
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• United States
30 Jun 09
Neighborhood watch here.. now that is funny for this area. Sorry where I live and since I have been here, it has been very difficult to even converse with the neighbors here except a few. Which they actually moved next to me after I moved here. I live in a city with homes all around us. Our crime watch is our dogs, those that don't have a regular schedule, who just happens to be up or like me out side having a cig kind of prevents things from happening or from being complete. Oh yes we have had theives in our home, in our yard in the past few years. Didn't get away with much though....lol someone seems to be around somewhere. They even tried to take my car, not once but twice.....lol didn't make it out the driveway .. I pray to say thank you for watching over us, that we have been lucky so far. The neighbors around us have been to. Thank you God Though we do not talk to our neighbors much, still when a storm or tornado hit our area last fall, Everyone in the neighborhood helped each other. Walking up and down the street making sure people were ok in their homes that no one needed an ambulance. See the tornado that hit here last fall, trees were on almost every home in our area of the city. Parts of the area were totally destroyed. Not by us still homes had tree's on them by us. All helped each other for over a week to clear the yards, get homes cleared of tree's etc. When it is time like this people come out of their shells and work together. To bad we can't get that to work all the time, can you imagine that kind of team work in a neighborhood..
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@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
30 Jun 09
I hardly know that many people in my neighborhood either. On my list of 13 houses, I know 3 of them. It's mostly because we just don't have time - or rather don't take the time - to get to know each other. But, like you, when it's needed, we help out. A few years ago we had a power outage during an ice storm. It lasted a few days. All the people without generators were cooking their food on the grills to share with the rest of the neighborhood. The people with generators were letting their neighbors plug into them for a while. It is very nice that we pull together in times of need, but it's better when we can act neighborly all the time.
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• United States
30 Jun 09
I believe most neighborhoods are like this though, when help is needed human nature kicks in and everyone works together.. I agree, to bad that can't be during good times too. Life though with the need of two jobs to support a household for the most part, its hard to keep up with everyone else let alone your own surroundings.
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@GardenGerty (118006)
• United States
1 Jul 09
We do not have a neighborhood watch program. We have had Block Mothers and Helping Hands for children who walk home from school. We are pretty good about informally looking out for our neighbors, though. I have seen lots of places that this works.
@reinydawn (11649)
• United States
3 Jul 09
We've always been pretty informal too, but lately we've wanted a bit more. Mostly it's to keep the people off our beach that don't belong in the community.
@GardenGerty (118006)
• United States
1 Jul 09
We do not have a neighborhood watch program. We have had Block Mothers and Helping Hands for children who walk home from school. We are pretty good about informally looking out for our neighbors, though. I have seen lots of places that this works.