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donâ€™t know of any community in Durham that is as crime free as Grove Park,
but we can always do better at combating crime. Grove Park is a larger
neighborhood that consists of several smaller neighborhoods which makes
it difficult for one Neighborhood Watch to cover the entire community.
One easy, effective, and cost efficient way to ensure safety is for you
to create a Neighborhood Watch for your block or street. The key to a
successful Neighborhood Watch program is active involvement of the area
residents. It is common to use the communication tree set-up to notify
neighbors if you are going to be away or out of town for an extended period
of time so that trash cans, newspapers, and mail are not left out.
City of Durham Police Department has three established steps in organizing
and continuing a Neighborhood Watch.
-- One block captain is selected for each block in the community.
The block captain must live on that block and needs to know every
head of household on his/her block.
of Members -- Coordinate with the crime prevention officer to correct
weaknesses in home security. Call 911 to report any crimes or suspicious
activities/persons in your neighborhood. Watch out for your neighbors'
homes when they are away.
Watch was created to obtain citizen involvement in discouraging and
preventing residential crime. The program encourages citizens to secure
their own homes and personal property. It also emphasizes the importance
of calling the police when you see suspicious activity. The two main
principles of the Neighborhood Watch Program are very simple.
residents to properly secure their homes and belongings; and
call the police when you see suspicious activity or become a victim
is the basic structure of a Neighborhood Watch Program and a brief overview
of the duties involved:
as a liaison between residents and police department.
a network of block captains to keep area residents updated on Neighborhood
a list of block captains.
police department with concerns of area residents (i.e., common ground
area where people gather and cause trouble, areas needing traffic
enforcement, houses where illegal activity is suspected, etc.).
information received from the police department to block captains.
and distribute a Neighborhood Watch newsletter (optional).
periodic group meetings to reinforce crime prevention techniques and
discuss needs of the area.
the coordinator as needed.
as liaison between assigned residents and the Neighborhood Watch coordinator.
information provided by the Neighborhood Watch coordinator to residents
in a timely fashion.
the Neighborhood Watch coordinator of any crime-related problems within
your area of responsibility.
new residents and brief them on the Neighborhood Watch program. Stress
the main principles of Neighborhood Watch.
your own property.
the police when you see suspicious activity or are the victim of a
Neighborhood Watch activities when possible.