To establish and teach neighborhood resident
groups on how to combat residential crimes
such as burglary, vandalism, etc.
Upon completion of this course, participants
will be able to
the three elements necessary to commit
the term Neighborhood Watch
the three objectives of the Neighborhood
who commits most residential burglaries.
a self-security check of their home
and make the needed repairs.
mark personal property for identification.
Greeting, Name and Title
people think of Neighborhood Watch those
signs that deter crimes in their neighborhood.
Signs Don't Stop Crime, People Stop
A recent National Survey showed that a burglary
is committed every eight (8) seconds in
this country. We at the police department
are committed to reducing these crimes.
CRIME ELEMENT TRIANGLE
Prior to discussing neighborhood Watch,
let me explain the elements needed to commit
To commit the crime
To commit the crime
To commit the crime
B. Historically police departments
operated on the principle that crime prevention
was the arrest and incarceration of a criminal.
This concept has resulted in still the highest
crime rate in the world and the largest
criminal goes to prison and spends that
time as a learning and honing period
for his ability and desire.
C. Modern crime prevention is opportunity
the most part, if you can take a way
a criminal's opportunity you can stop
reduction is done mainly through AWARENESS.
IV. SO WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention/opportunity
reduction program where citizens band together
and work with local law enforcement to combat
crime, specifically, but not limited to
Neighborhood Watch Groups can take away
the criminals opportunity by following the
a. Ways to deter criminals include
1) Noisy neighbors
5) Citizens Patrols
6) Whatever makes you feel safer,
makes the offender feel more at risk.
7) Know your neighbors
a. Keep doors and windows locked.
b. Close your garage doors.
c. Keep landscaping cut back from
entrance ways and windows.
d. Don't give a criminal an easy target.
a. Make your home look lived in
even when you are out.
1) Use of timers for lights, TV/radio
2) Don't draw or close completely
all shades, blinds or curtains.
3) Have neighbor or friend pick up
mail, newspapers, etc.
4) Have neighbor mow lawn, put out
and pick up garbage cans.
5) Park neighbors car in your driveway.
b. Home security -- To be covered
later in lesson.
a. If your home looks like it has
been burglarized, don't enter. Go
to a neighbor and call police.
b. Report suspicious persons or activity.
OBJECTIVES OF NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH
Maintain a cooperative system of surveillance
over one another's property and children,
through your neighborhood.
out the window or door.
entertaining done in backyard.
who belongs in your neighborhood.
B. Report suspicious activity of crimes
in progress to the police accurately and
1. What is suspicious activity?
a. Strange cars or persons in the
b. Children walking in neighborhood
during school hours.
c. casing of homes, neighborhood,
2. Who commits most residential burglaries?
1) Make up less than 20%
a) They know what's in your home.
b. Young adults
1) Average age between 12 and 22 years
2) Commits 80% of the burglary.
3) Boys, as well as girls.
4) Common reasons
a) Peer pressure
b) Thrill of it
c) Financial gain
c. Items taken
1) Weapons first item looked for
a) Located under mattress, pillow,
top drawer of nightstand or master closet.
5) Quick sellable items
b) Game Boy
c) Sega, etc.
6) Stereo Equipment
7) Alcohol, food, candy, etc.
How to report to the police
1. What type of activity
2. Description of suspicious person
3. Vehicle used
4. Direction of travel or the location
in the neighborhood
5. Procedures for the responding patrol
Securing your home and marking your property
1. An estimated 51% of all residential
burglaries are committed through unlocked
doors and/or windows.
a. No forced entry is necessary, we
invite the burglar in.
2. Most residential burglaries are
committed during daylight hours. Less
than 20% are hot burglaries (when your home
3. Securing your home
a. All home entrance doors should
be of solid core construction or metal plated.
b. Have good locking devices
1) Single cylinder deadbolt
2) Double cylinder deadbolt.
a) Glass within 40 of locking device.
b) Practice opening in the dark or
with small children.
3) Minimum of one inch throw on deadbolts.
c. Reinforcing the strike and strike
1) The strike is the hole the deadbolt
goes into. Ensure it is deep enough
to take the throw.
2) Re-enforce the plate by using 2
½ - 3 screws.
d. Know where and who has keys to
1) New residents should change locks
and garage door combinations.
e. Sliding glass doors/windows can
be easily removed.
1) Round head screws in track.
2) Pin locks under tension or drilled
3) Use wood dowel rode or charley
4) Install auxiliary locks.
1) 40 watt bulb front and rear entrance.
a) Approximately $18.00 a year to
run from dusk till dawn.
2) Security lights.
a) Motion sensors
b) Solar sensors
3) Light up all entry ways and windows
4) Light up dark corners and hiding
4. Marking your property
a. Operation Identification
1) Use electronic engraver when possible.
2) Use your number
a) Driver's license
b) State Identification Card
3) Number should be preceded by state
two letter abbreviation
4) If nothing else record
c) Serial number
5) Property engraved less likely to
6) Unmarkable items should be photographed
with a good description of item should be
written on back of photo
7) Video tape and/or photograph all
valuable items and store for insurance purposes.
ADDITIONAL HELP FOR POLICE
Roof top numbers
1. Contrasting color of roof
2. Aids in helicopter finding home
Large contrasting house numbers in highly
Curbside address numbers
FORMING YOUR WATCH GROUP
Elect a Block Captain and Assistant Block
How and where to get street signs
Explain Neighborhood Watch Manual
Location for window decal
Importance of maintaining an active Watch
1. Periodic meetings
3. Block parties
4. Other crime prevention programs
The police, no matter how hard they try,
can't be in every neighborhood all the time
and even if they could, they wouldn't know
who belongs there and who doesn't.
You the residents, through Neighborhood
Watch, can be the eyes and ears of the police
and together we can stop crime in your neighborhood.
Once we catch the criminal you have to prosecute
to keep him off our streets.