When it comes to crime protection, early detection and reporting are essential. As a police officer, Benjamin Ambrosio believes that one of the most effective ways people can protect their home and family is by starting a Neighborhood Watch program in their community. The more eyes you have watching the area, the safer you and your family will be. The following steps will help you get your own neighborhood watch started.
1. Take the time to talk to your neighbors and explain how a neighborhood watch program can benefit everyone. Be sure to let them know that it won’t require frequent meetings or a substantial investment of their time.
2. Recruit those neighbors that show enthusiasm for the program. This will help to reduce the amount of time you personally have to invest in the process.
3. Organize the basic structure of key personnel and delegate responsibilities. Identify a block captain for each block if possible and select a coordinator to represent the groups’ interest to the police department.
4. Meet with your local police department. The can help you learn about reporting skills, crime trends, and any requirements needed for establishing a Neighborhood Watch.
5. Use your recently established leadership structure to recruit new members and establish a network.
6. Finally, develop a plan of action and define guidelines and goals.
Forming a Neighborhood Watch is a great way to protect your home and family. Benjamin Ambrosio, as a police officer, works with the many different Neighborhood Watch groups located throughout his community.