Neighborhood Block Watch Program:
What Is The Neighborhood Block Watch Program?
A joint effort between police and the community to reduce crime.
A program designed to enhance neighborhood security.
A program organized to heighten community observation.
A total effort to encourage mutual assistance and concern among neighbors.
Who Needs Block Watch
The modern growing community in which there is more privacy and less familiarity.
This condition increases a community’s vulnerability to crime, and in turn it calls for a relationship that will tighten security and provide for mutual support and cooperation amongst community members.
What is the Block Watch Objective?
To Reduce The Incidence Of Crime By:
Increasing citizens’ awareness of neighborhood crime
Teaching citizens’ practical crime prevention programs so they will recognize and properly report suspicious activity.
Teach citizens proper home security measures.
Encouraging a positive working relationship between police and neighborhood.
To Start A Neighborhood Block Watch in Your Neighborhood
Contact your local police department for assistance.
Host an Informational Block Watch Meeting in your neighborhood. A police officer attend this initial meeting to further explain and answer questions about the Block Watch Concept and help organize and direct your group.
You and a friend personally visit each home on your block and distribute information announcing the meeting.
Encourage the block watch goal of 100% neighborhood participation.
List of current neighborhood block watch groups and meeting times:
North Derry Avenue Block Watch Meeting: second Tues. of the month 6:30 P.M. Derry Township Senior Citizen Center, Mill Rd., Yeagertown, Pa.
Burnham Block Watch Meeting: Last Wed. of the month 7:00 P.M. @ the Burnham Fire Department.
The public is invited to attend these meetings and anyone interested in starting a Neighborhood Block Watch should contact: Charles Dicken, Neighborhood Block Watch Coordinator, Mifflin County Communities that Care, (717) 248-3994 or Officer Robert Haines, Mifflin County Regional Police at (717)248-1900, extension 615.
Available literature :
How to be "Streetwise" and Safe
Senior Citizens Against Crime
Crime on Wheels
Neighborhood Block Watch
Confidence Games And Swindles
Latchkey Children: Young Children at Home Alone