Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night. (The program took off quickly: in just ten years, NSA data showed that 12 percent of the population was involved in a Neighborhood Watch.) Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.
If you would like more information about Neighborhood watch feel free to contact one of our officers.
It is easy to become involved in Neighborhood Watch. Find out who is the coordinator for your area and ask to become involved.
It only takes a few people to make a difference in a community.
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Here are a few basic safety tips you can follow to help keep your home safe.
Keep your doors and windows locked, even if you are at home.
Never let strangers into your house. If someone comes to your door and asks you to make a call, offer to make it for them. If they are injured, call 911, but don't open the door.
Leave a light on when you are not home. You may also consider turning on the radio when you are away.
Be aware of your surroundings and watch for suspicious activity. Report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency.
Sex offender information is maintained by the Oregon State Police and the Douglas County Adult Parole and Probation department. Links to their websites is provided below.
If you have any questions or concerns about sex offenders, feel free to contact us.