You want your neighbourhood to be a safe and secure environment for you and your family, and no one knows your neighbourhood better than the people living in the area.
While neighbourhood watch may seem funny because of how they are portrayed in most movies, they actually provide a real service to communities.
These organisations allow you to communicate with your neighbours and take an active role in making sure that all homes in the neighbourhood are safe and sound. Through meetings, newsletters, community events and even mobile apps (PatrolMan), watch groups can show criminals that residents are willing to go the extra mile to make sure they are not victimised.
Most neighbourhood crime prevention groups are organised around a block or a neighbourhood and are started with assistance from a law enforcement agency. Volunteers can then donate their time and resources to help bring community members together and re-establish control of their neighbourhoods. South Africa has a legendary approach to being involved and not sitting on the sidelines watching things happen - and that's a huge driving force behind these projects.
NHW's as they're commonly known bind communities and bring them closer together with a common goal of protecting their people and property. These days there aren't many areas that don't have some form of NHW operational. Operating models vary from the familiar old "eyes and ears" concept to highly evolved structures that can even become full City Improvement Districts (CID's) with sufficient support.
If your neighbourhood already has a watch program, why not attend one of their meetings and enquire about joining? Neighbourhood watch is a great way to get to know people in your area while making your home a safe place at the same time.
Having a Neighbourhood Watch team in your area can really help prevent crime and bring communities closer togather. If your area doesn't have a NHW project, consider starting one! You'll find loads of information on this site to help you along from the very beginning.
Take it to the next level and download the ground-breaking PatrolMan app now! With so many features, including recording incidents and tracking statistics - PatrolMan is THE perfect Neighbourhood Watch app.