Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program which enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in the community. It involves neighbors getting to know each other and working together in a program of mutual assistance.
Residents are trained to recognize and report suspicious activities in their neighborhoods and crime prevention techniques such as home security surveys are implemented. Neighborhood Watch succeeds because there can’t be a law enforcement officer on every corner so citizen involvement is essential to combat crime. By cooperating with each other and law enforcement, people can help fight crime in their community the most effective way-before it begins.
If you are someone who cares about your neighborhood and wants to get involved with preventing crime, you can start a Neighborhood Watch! It’s a simple process that can make a big difference in your community. To get started, you need to form a small planning committee and decide on a date and place for an initial neighborhood meeting. Then, contact the Livingston Community Policing Unit at 973-992-3000, ext.3600 and request that an officer come to your meeting to discuss your neighborhood’s problems and needs. After that, you open the lines of communication between you and your neighbors and keep the police informed of any illegal or suspicious activity in your neighborhood.