"The police are the public and the public are the police. The police being the only members of the public that are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen, in the interests of community welfare and existence." Sir Robert Peel 1829
Community Watch is a crime prevention program that stresses education and common sense. It teaches citizens how to help themselves by identifying and reporting suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. Community Watch groups typically focus on observation and awareness as a means of preventing crime.
The fundamental idea of Community Watch is that bringing community members together to reestablish control of their neighborhoods promotes an increased quality of life and reduces the crime rate in that area. Collective action by residents has proved one of the most effective strategies in crime prevention. The reason for this effectiveness is rather simple: Involving community members in watch programs decreases opportunities for criminals to commit crime.
Get Involved with Your Village. Here's How:
- Contact the village office (624-1711) and ask for an application package.
- Complete the simple application forms and return them to the village office.
- Attend the 2 hour training and orientation session.
- Work your first and/or second patrol with an experienced member.
Websites of Interest
www.usaonwatch.org - This is the National Sherriffs' Association site, which outlines information on crime prevention and related matters.
www.fema.gov - The Federal Emergency Management Agency details its preparation and response information and updates.
www.dhs.gov/index.shtm - Homeland Security links to every state emergency management office, terrorism updates, and information on the Citizen Corp. concept and much more.
www.homesecurity.us - This website provides a wealth of information and resources on burglary prevention, reviews of security companies, etc.