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Organizing a neighborhood watch group is particularly effective in promoting safe neighborhoods. Citizens involved in Neighborhood Watch participate directly with the Police Department in the detection and prevention of crime. They are trained to recognize suspicious, criminal or dangerous activities and learn current crime prevention measures. Neighborhood Watch provides valuable information to the police which aides with investigating suspicious activities, apprehending criminals and preventing crime. Neighborhood Watch makes the community a better, safer place to live.
The Neighborhood Watch program has evolved over the years to an online platform for meeting and organizing. Existing neighborhood watches still operate under the legacy protocols, but new watches are organized around the NextDoor app and using online technology.