EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- The Neighborhood Watch was created in the 1970’s. This partnership between residents and law enforcement agencies is aimed at combating the alarming increase in criminal activities. The program encourages active citizen participation to prevent and discourage crime, reduce fear, and enhance overall security.
At the heart of Neighborhood Watch is citizen involvement. By taking specific precautions to protect homes, properties, and personal safety, participants create a safer environment for everyone. The focus lies in getting to know neighbors and maintaining open lines of communication.
Locally, neighborhood crime watch is an El Paso Police Department initiative, with policies set by the department itself.
Launching a Neighborhood Watch program is easy. Begin by distributing informative flyers or hosting gatherings to garner interest and support from neighbors. Once half the block is on board, appoint Block Captains and Co-Captains to coordinate with law enforcement and ensue communication. Regular get-togethers keep everyone informed and engaged.
Neighborhood Watch serves as a reminder that community unity is a force for positive change. By joining forces and actively participating, residents can transform their neighborhoods into safer, more vibrant spaces.