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Let me help you train to set up your own Neighbourhood Watch Program the right way.
 
Who will stop them looking over your home and property next ? After the Zimmerman case some  think it may not be worth getting into, volunteer  work and Neighbourhood watch programs.  But without you, crime would be  higher and you do not need to get involved other than to make a phone call and report.  

But if you want to set up neighbourhood patrols  then you need to be trained and it is worth having the training as  you may find your self in the same situation as Mr Zimmerman, doing the job you want to have the police support you but when it comes to it ,you could be on your own, and you need to know what to do and how. That is when you call me.

I will not teach you unarmed combat or how to carry a gun ,I will however show you how to patrol safely and what to do if you find yourself in trouble.  When you are patrolling, know 3 things, 1. where you are, 2. stay on the phone at all times with the police until they get there, 3.  if you come face to face with someone be loud, bring attention to your situation, the more that see you the better.  i will talk more about that when we meet.

The main aim of a Neighbourhood Watch program is to create a partnership between the local community, the police and the local authority. Neighborhood Watch started in the UK in 1982. There are now some 150,000 schemes running throughout the UK and the USA covering nearly five million households, which makes Neighbourhood Watch the largest voluntary movement in the country, Let it now Run in the USA after the Zimmerman case I have seen a need for you to be trained if starting a program like this do not wait until you're in court for the wrong reasons, that you went too far over the line between neighbourhood watch to security or police patrol.

What can Neighborhood Watch schemes do? They can target local crime problems and take action to prevent them also make you and your neighbors safer. In consultation with the local police they can find out from local people what crimes most concern and affect them and focus on those specific problems. Most crime is opportunist, committed on the spur of the moment, or when a car or house is left unlocked. 
This means there is enormous scope for reducing chances for criminals. But you have the other kind, the ones that are planned, and to plan you need to watch and practice, so that is when your eyes and ears come in ,you will see someone out of place, in the wrong place, and maybe see them too often in the same place, a car, a van, a person same time same place watching your neighbours.

Traditional Neighbourhood Watch activity has focused on the immediate vicinity of homes. However, more and more schemes are now broadening their range of work. Local problems such as combating anti-social behavior, vandalism and graffiti are well within the scope of a well-organized neighborhood watch scheme. You can also take action such as fitting more secure door and window locks in vulnerable homes. You could also lobby the local authority, for example, to improve street lighting or step up the security of a communal entrance and cctv.

How to set up and run a scheme:
 
 If you would like to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme in your area, contact the Crime Prevention co-ordinator at your nearest police station first, who will give you further information. And then if you like, contact Me so I can talk more on the training you will need.   
 To kick things off you will want to arrange a meeting between all interested parties in your immediate area and your local police. Try to organise a time for your meeting, which would enable as many of your neighbours to attend as possible, including the Crime Prevention Officer or local police officer on that patrol, usually on a weekday evening.  
When you have decided upon the date and time, circulate all the relevant houses with specially designed invitation cards or leaflets (usually provided by the local police) But can be done yourself Before the meeting, visit your neighbours again, and give them a personal reminder. 
Otherwise, you may well find that attendance is not as great as you would have wished and besides they will need to put a face to the person starting this program and give you time to see them also. Hold the meeting in your own home or one of your neighbours’ homes so that the atmosphere will be informal and comfortable Unless you need more space remember a church may be a good idea for you but not for all so maybe a hall or even a local restaurant, In Fact include the shops and restaurants they may also want to be a part of the program.

At the meeting, make the opening remarks and briefly explain the purpose of the meeting. After this, the Crime Prevention Officer or local beat officer will probably give a brief talk. At the meeting, you can also appoint one person to be the Co-ordinator of the scheme. They will get people working together and be the major point of contact for the community and for the police it is a good idea to have more than one maybe 2 so if one is not in or has gone away it is handed to the other. As well as the co-ordinator there is usually a committee which meets regularly to plan what problems to target and what action to take. Set aims and objectives and will need to be once a week if you want this to work right.  
Aims and objectives will help focus your neighbourhood watch scheme and can be decided at your first meeting. Working with the police officer, people can find out what crimes most concern and affect them and focus on those specific problems and invite the police to visit the kids in the area they know more than you do in the area for sure. Local problems such as vandalism and graffiti are well within the scope of a well-organized Neighbourhood Watch scheme. 
 
Objectives could include: 
 •  To reduce burglaries and car crime. •  Tackling anti-social behaviour. •  Focusing on vandalism and graffiti. •  Working with other partners to improve the community. •  Car safety in speed and parking. •  Dogs off the lead and other related problems. •  Children safety and teaching them how to look out for strangers and what to do.

Once you've decided on your aims and objectives, you'll have to decide what action is going to take place and how. The police will be able to advise you on the best way to achieve this, but you may have other ideas. It's also important to discuss with other members of the scheme how much time they are willing to put into the scheme to make it work. 
If you have more time it will mean a better organised and more successful campaign Help focus your neighbours on keeping it going.   For the first six or so months of the scheme, people will be relatively enthusiastic about it. But once your objectives have been achieved, maintaining the scheme becomes slightly more difficult. There are certain things you can do to keep the scheme productive.

 •  Schedule quarterly or yearly meetings to decide on new objectives. •  Involve new residents - it's a great way for them to get to know their neighbours. •  Invite crime specialists along to meetings to talk about issues like burglary, or bogus callers.
 
Ensure that people are continually vigilant and report suspicious behaviour to the police and also make a note of all calls and when and where to show to others in meetings.

 •  Build up a network of trust between your neighbours’. Ask them to keep an eye on your house while on holiday, and to put post through your door. Do the same for them.  Get the neighbourhood involved in other activities such as fund-raising events - or simply organise a get-together with your neighbours such as a barbecue in the summer.   
 
If you're going to volunteer, the neighbourhood should know that you are  part of a program and see you like that. 
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Mike Callaghan
CPO/RST/and security advisor