What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is an active crime prevention program where neighbors make a commitment to each other to look out for each others property and safety in an organized effort between the neighbors and the police. Working together we can help reduce most crime and illegal activities, and bring about a sense of community to our neighborhood.
The best crime prevention device is a good neighborhood. The security steps you and your neighbors take as a group are just as important as the things you do individually.
The Neighborhood Watch program operates on the concept that effective crime prevention requires cooperation with law enforcement. Neighborhood Watch is "neighbors looking out for the welfare of their neighbors." It is a coalition of citizens who are concerned about the neighborhood where they live and are willing to become involved in the betterment of their community.
It takes three ingredients to make a crime: desire, ability, and opportunity. Take away any ingredient and the recipe will fail; there will be no crime. Properly locked doors, neighborhood awareness, reporting suspicious persons or activity, identifying your valuables, all deprive the would-be criminal of an easy target.
It is only by working together that we can truly be effective in our fight against crime. Do your part to deny the criminal the opportunity to commit any crime.
Why do we need a Neighborhood Watch?
It is obvious that the police cannot be everywhere and see everything. The police need us to be their eyes and ears when they are not around. We need to call the police when we see a crime take place or suspicious activity in our neighborhood. We know what suspicious activity is because we live in the neighborhood. Many times the police cannot stop or arrest a suspect unless a citizen makes a formal complaint. It takes a neighborhood to get involved and look out for each other.
In a neighborhood watch, neighbors make a commitment to each other to call the police when they see a crime take place or suspicious activity in their neighborhood. After they call the police, they should notify the block captain of the activity. The information is passed along to all in the neighborhood so everyone can be made aware. Criminal activity affects everyone so everyone needs to keep an eye out for each other.
Watch Commander: Ron Bell
These captains are associated with the Irving Neighborhood Watch program. Each captain is responsible for the streets listed with his or her name. The IHDNA supports this program and and is always looking for volunteers to serve as Block Coordinators. Contact Bill Herod if you can serve in any way and thanks to all who have served over the years of the program.
We are fortunate to live in a pretty secure neighborhood but having more eyes available with some training and resources will be worth having. Bill Herod has long served as Neighborhood Watch chairmen and we appreciate his service.
Although Neighborhood Watch is not a function of your Neighborhood Association, we have always been supportive of the Irving Police Department in its effort to use our people in an effective but safe resource for our benefit.
Fortunately we have a couple of able residents who want to reboot the process, obtain training for our people and reduce the aggravation of petty crime on our streets. They will work with new volunteers and with you who have served and want to continue serving as Captains or coordinators. Let them know where you want to be involved.
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