The neighborhood Watch Program is organized
to enable the police and the community to work together to make specific
geographical areas more crime resistant to reduce crime. It is a citizen
involvement, neighborhood and community-based effort, designed to help citizens
and the sheriff’s office in preventing primarily residential burglaries. In
harmony with the philosophy of Community Policing, Neighborhood Watch encourages
strong working relationships between patrol officers and the citizens they
Neighborhood Watch, Crime Watch, -- whatever
the title, is one of the most effective and least costly methods to prevent
crime and reduce fear. The Watch idea is adaptable. A Watch can be organized
around any geographic unit.
Why Neighborhood Watch
It works. Throughout the county, dramatic decreases
in burglary and related offenses are reported by law enforcement, where
the Watch Program is active.
Today’s transient society produces communities that are
less personal. Many families have two working parents and children
involved in many activities that keep them away from home. An empty house
in a neighborhood where none of the neighbors know the owner is a prime
target for burglary.
Neighborhood Watch also helps build pride and serves as a
springboard for efforts that address other community concerns such as
recreation for youth, childcare, and affordable housing.
Who Can Be Involved?
Any community resident can join -- young and old, single
and married, renter and homeowner. Even the busiest of people can belong
to a Neighborhood Watch -- they too can keep an eye out for neighbors as
they come and go.
What Does A Neighborhood Watch Do?
A Neighborhood Watch is neighbors helping neighbors. They
are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors.
Members meet their neighbors, learn how to make their
homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and
report activities that raise their suspicions to the sheriff’s office.
What Are My Responsibilities As A Watch
Know your neighbors and watch out for each other.
Report suspicious activities and crimes to the sheriff’s
Learn how you can make yourself and community safer.
What kind Of Activities Should I Be On The
Lookout For As A Watch Member?
Someone screaming or shouting for help.
Someone looking in windows of houses and parked cars.
Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home
or from closed business.
Cars, vans, trucks moving slowly with no apparent
destination or without lights.
Anyone being forced into a vehicle.
A person running, especially if carrying something of
A person exhibiting unusual mental or physical symptoms.
Persons making a quick change of vehicles.
Burglaries, robberies, thefts, auto break-ins, etc. in
Apparent drug trafficking.
Apparent business transactions conducted from a vehicle.
Open or broken doors or windows to a home or business.
A stranger sitting in a car or stopping to talk to a
How Should I Report These Incidents?
Give your name, address and telephone number.
Briefly describe the event -- what happened, when, where,
and who was involved.
Tell them as soon as possible if medical assistance is
Describe the suspect: sex, race, age, height, weight, hair
color, clothing, and distinctive characteristics such as beard, mustache,
scars, or accent.
Tell them if weapons were involved.
Tell the suspect’s last known of direction of travel.
Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color, make,
model, year, license plate, and special features such as stickers, dents,
groups are not vigilantes and do not assume the role of the police. They
only ask citizens to be alert, observant, and caring and serve as extra eyes and
ears for law enforcement and their neighbors.
For more information about how to
form a watch group, or
information about existing groups in your area, contact
Laurens County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Prevention Division at 864-984-4967.