Neighborhood Watch

Getting Together to Fight Crime

Whether you live in a quiet neighborhood, or in a rural town with a stable history…

…you can still be at risk for facing a crime threat.  Early detection is the best way to prevent the onset of bigger problems. It’s a good idea to get into action at the first sight of trouble. A rash of break-ins, people loitering, graffiti and abandoned autos are all possible clues that could lead to trouble.  Paying attention to the small problems ahead of time can save you from having to face larger and more difficult ones down the road.

What is a Neighborhood Watch?

Neighborhood Watch, also known as Citizen Crime Watch, Block Watch, or Home Alert, is a voluntary program organized by concerned citizens to reduce crime in their communities. Working with local law enforcement agencies, citizens can learn when and how to report suspicious activities, assist in property identification, conduct home security surveys  and implement home security measures and precautions. Neighborhood Watch meetings offer valuable information that helps neighbors cooperate effectively with one another. It also promotes good security practices, makes more observant and caring neighbors, and boosts cooperation between citizens and law enforcement. The difficulty is in sustaining these programs. The following is a list of common traits that successful Neighborhood Watch programs share:

  • People feel a sense of ownership with the program. They have invested their time and energy in it and it belongs to them.
  • Law enforcement is seen as an indispensable guiding force.
  • Citizens see the program as their own responsibility. They choose to get involved in all stages of planning, from implementation and evaluation to maintenance.
  • The program addresses the local concerns of the citizens such as domestic violence, abandoned cars, vacant lots filled with trash, day care, drugs and gang activity.

The National Sheriffs’ Association

In partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, and U.S. Department of Justice, the National Sheriff’s Association launched USAonWatch in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It encourages Watch groups to learn more about crime prevention, emergency preparedness, emergency response, and terrorism awareness.  

Benefits of the Neighborhood Watch Program

  • Improved Communications and Partnerships with Law Enforcement
  • Reduction in Crime
  • A More Secure and Better Prepared Hometown
  • A More United Community

Meetings – Join Us!

For the remainder of 2019, Montrose Neighborhood Watch meets at the Centennial Room in the City of Montrose, off Centennial Plaza from 6-7pm. The dates are:

October 15th, 2019 – How to Stop the Bleed and Save a Person from Shock or Death
November 19th, 2019 – Drug Cartel and Gang Activity on the Western Slope
December 17th, 2019 – Crime Overview for the City and County the Past 12-24 Months

Starting in 2020, meetings will be at the Montrose Library in Room 102 from 1:30pm – 3:00pm. The dates are:

January 10th, 2020
February 14th, 2020
March 13th, 2020
April 10th, 2020
May 8th, 2020
June 12th, 2020
July 10th, 2020
August 14th, 2020
September 11th, 2020
October 9th, 2020
November 13th, 2020
December 11th, 2020

 

Board of Directors

Chris E. Hebert, County Coordinator Suzanne Hebert, Assistant Coordinator Joyce Loss, Board Member Christine Beiriger, Board Member Rex Swanson, Board Member Tom Mraule, Board Member

Contact Information

Chris E. Hebert, County Coordinator 970-901-5876 hebert623@yahoo.com

 

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