While police and sheriffs are readily available to protect you from perpetrators, it is recommended that you and your neighbors take a crucial step to
protect your community from crime and vandalism. This is where the concept of neighborhood watch comes in.
What is a Neighborhood Watch?
Derived from the “Town Watch” concept of the Colonial United States, a neighborhood watch is a group of concerned residents who monitor their community and
report suspicious activity to the trained officials, so that they can investigate or rap the individuals in question.
Its key points are observation and awareness, in order to prevent crimes from happening in the community. It also improves the quality of life within the
neighborhood, because its citizens are highly-capable of keeping the area safe from perpetrators.
According to experts, a neighborhood watch is truly effective because it stops a culprit from committing a crime. It is said to be more successful than
modifying the behavior of a person who has already been able to commit a crime.
Sex Offender Watch
Apart from vandalism and violence, you and your fellow neighbors should also be aware of the sex offenders living near the area. Convicted of any of the
different sex crimes, a sex offender is required to enlist in the registry of the area where he is living in.
The offender is usually classified by level, with the low-level perpetrators having to register for only a short span of time. High-level offenders,
however, need to enlist themselves in the registry for the duration of their lifespan. This registry of crime reports is open to the masses, so that you
and your neighbors are well-aware of the status of the offender living nearby.
If you want to keep your family and friends safe, then you need examine your neighborhood in order to be aware of such crimes, so you can keep you and your
neighbors protected at all times.