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Neighborhood Watch programs go by many names: Community Watch, Crime Watch, Building Watch. But whatever you call it, when neighbors organize to help their local police department watch over their community, it can make a significant impact on reducing crime and fear in your area.

First Steps

An individual, community organization, or law enforcement agency can initiate a Crime Watch Neighborhood program through a few simple steps:


  • Hold a meeting to talk about crime problems and see if there is enough interest to organize a Crime Watch Neighborhood.

  • Contact your local Camillus Police Department to train neighbors in home security, crime patterns, what to watch for and how to report it.

  • Select an overall coordinator and block captains to organize volunteers and establish effective communications.

  • Sign up volunteers, including homeowners and renters, business owners, the elderly, working parents; young people ; anybody who can help.

  • Effective Crime Watch Neighborhood Program Essentials

A typical Crime Watch Neighborhood program requires:

  • Regular meetings to keep your organization operating.

  • Volunteers that are vigilant to spot and report any problems.

  • Regular communications, such as fliers, newsletters, emails or phone calls.

  • Special events to keep members interested and active, including helpful seminars, block parties or neighborhood clean-ups.


What a Crime Watch Neighborhood program does:

The typical Crime Watch Neighborhood program involves four ways to make your neighborhood safer:
Offers a service to mark valuable items with an identifying number to discourage theft and help the police track down stolen articles.

  • Utilizes proven techniques to make homes safer.

  • Organizes residents in watching over each other and the neighborhood, noting and reporting anything unusual or suspicious to the local authorities, including:

                                Screams or calls for help
                                Someone looking into cars or homes
                                A stranger removing items from unoccupied homes or closed businesses
                                Vehicles cruising slowly or without lights
                                Anyone being forced into a vehicle
                                A stranger stopping to talk to a child

  • Calling the Camillus Police Department at (315) 435-2333 to:

                                Quickly explain what happened
                                Give your name and address
                                Describe the suspect's gender and race, age, height, weight, hair color, clothes, and
                                distinguishing features like facial hair, scars, accent
                                If a vehicle is involved, report the color, make, model, year, license plate and
                                distinguishing features
, like bumper stickers or dents


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