Guide to Establishing Effective Neighborhood Watch Programs

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In light of the recent controversy involving a Neighborhood Watch captain in Sanford, FL, a new guide focuses on how to create a program that is safe and effective for both residents and the general public.

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Home Security and Crime Statistic Resource has recently published a Neighborhood Watch Program Guide aimed at explaining what these programs actually do and how to ensure that they are safe and effective at protecting both the residents and general public.

For years Neighborhood Watch Programs have helped to lower crime rates all over the country. However, as the recent events in Sanford, FL proved, if not run and monitored properly the effects can be very negative. The Neighborhood Watch Program Guide outlines what these programs are and how to manage them.

The guide was written by Michael E. Bregman, a city planner residing in Israel. He was formerly employed as Senior Planner by the Miami-Dade County Department of Planning and Zoning and is also the former chairperson of the American Planning Association Gold Coast Section.

Key Ways to Ensure a Neighborhood Watch Program is Effective

Below are some key points to the creating an effective Neighborhood Watch Program:

  •     Work directly with police and sheriffs' departments.
  •     Receive official sanction from police departments.
  •     All members should receive formal training.
  •     Report criminal activity to the authorities - Watch members should NOT try to apprehend a possible criminal on your own.
  •     Watch participants should travel in pairs or small groups using private automobiles or walking.
  •     Meet regularly. Meetings help participants stay connected to each other and they also help members better manage the program.

Neighborhood Watch Programs should serve as an extra set of eyes for the authorities, not a replacement.

For more tips on protecting your neighborhood, home and family from floods, fires, break-ins and more, or to get crime rates for cities and states across the U.S. please visit,

About, the web's largest and most comprehensive home security website, provides users with a wide variety of information pertaining to personal protection and home security. Information provided by includes geographic crime statistics, home security equipment reviews and home security tips and guides featuring the writing of home security expert and writer Joe Timbers, surveillance camera expert Robert Moskal, city planner Michael E. Bregman and Dr. Craig Mixon an educational psychologist and expert in behavior modifications who specializes in canine behavior.

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