Neighborhood Watch is a safety program designed to bring together law enforcement agencies, community organizations, businesses, and residents in an effort to deter and reduce crime in neighborhoods. One of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, Neighborhood Watch was created in 1972 and developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs seeking a crime prevention program involving citizens. Neighborhood Watch programs are an effective tool in fighting crime.
The Brownsburg Police Department has been involved in the Neighborhood Watch Program for several years. In a Neighborhood Watch community, neighbors communicate and keep watch on each others' homes and property, especially when someone is away. They report any suspicious activity to law enforcement and become an active contributor to safer neighborhoods.
Through the program, residents are taught to be better eyewitnesses by using cell phone cameras, concentrating on distinguishing features, knowing vehicle types, and noting directions of travel. Crime statistics are emailed directly to Neighborhood Watch leaders so they can share the types of crimes occurring and suspect descriptions with other people in their watch.
A Neighborhood Watch is easy to establish: Simply get to know your neighbors and be willing to communicate crime and non-crime neighborhood-related information. Start your Neighborhood Watch or update current Watch information.