Neighborhood Watch program works by showing
residents they are not powerless against crime.
It does this through
crime-prevention training, victim assistance,
citizen patrols, phone trees and improving the
overall condition of their neighborhood.
One of the
main purposes of the neighborhood watch group is to
get to know your neighbors.
groups do this by holding meetings, block parties,
Officers often come to
these meetings to speak about preventive measures
residents can take to remain safe.
observe their neighborhood for suspicious activity
and report it to the police department.
After reporting the
activity to the police department, residents are
encouraged to utilize the phone tree they set up to
spread the information to other members of their
In 2010, the
Historical District neighborhood formed a new
neighborhood watch group.
They had two meetings in
which a large number of residents attended.
With the addition of these neighborhood watch
groups, the City of DeKalb now has six active
neighborhood watch groups that hold frequent