Gathering people concerned with issues of crime in your neighborhood to talk with law enforcement is the first step, and many times the largest hurdle, to creating a Neighborhood Watch program. Brazil City Police Chief Loudermilk provided a few more tips people interested in creating a watch program in their area:
- Get the word out to neighbors and local residents about the possibility of forming a watch program so they can participate.
- Organize specific times for volunteers to participate in training, perform patrols and attend monthly meetings to report neighborhood findings to authorities.
- Work with existing citizens' or tenants' associations and housing authorities.
- Plan a map of the community with spaces of names, addresses and phone numbers of all households, paying attention to areas were crimes have occurred.
- Provide law enforcement with a current list of suspicious or possible criminal activity occurring in the neighborhood.
For more information about organizing a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood, please contact Police Chief Mark Loudermilk at 446-2211.