What is Neighborhood Watch?
A Neighborhood Watch is neighbors helping neighbors. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime. At a Neighborhood Watch meeting, members meet their neighbors, learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood and report suspicious activity.
Neighborhood Watch can and will make your community a better and safer place to live. Citizens who are in cooperation with the Police Department can help officers in the detection and prevention of crime. Citizens involved in Neighborhood Watch are trained in how to recognize suspicious or criminal activities and report these to the Bullhead City Police Department. It is important to keep well informed about your neighborhood and of any suspicious, criminal or dangerous activities that may be occurring.
Neighborhood Watch is not a group of vigilantes or lawless people taking the law into their own hands. Neighborhood Watch citizens do not take the place of the police department in enforcing the law or apprehending criminals.
Why Neighborhood Watch Works
Neighborhood Watch citizens greatly help police departments. Obviously, there are many more citizens than there are police officers. Neighborhood Watch greatly reduces this ratio of citizens to police by citizens becoming the police department’s eyes and ears. This helps deter crime enormously since it puts the criminal element off balance. Instead of criminals limiting their concern to police patrols, they must put themselves on guard against an entire community watching for criminal conduct.
Any community resident can join. Even the busiest of people can keep an eye out for neighbors!
For more information on the Neighborhood Watch Program, please contact Community Services Officer Lorrie Duggins (928)763-9200, ext. 8204 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.