Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime. These programs fight the isolation and separation that crime creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents and businesses, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between police and the communities they serve.Crime prevention programs of this kind seek to involve community members in the “watch” function of the police. Organized citizens are not vigilantes, rather, they serve as additional eyes and ears. The program calls upon residents to step forward and assist the police in organizing the community into a cohesive unit working toward the goal of building a safer, crime-free neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch groups discuss neighborhood crime problems with the objective of developing solutions Watch members report suspicious activity, make contact with new residents, inform people about local ordinances and otherwise help to build a strong sense of community.

Beat Captains

The continuity and success of the Neighborhood Watch program hinges on the person referred to as the Beat Captain. The "Beat Captain" is a community member who acts as a liaison between those who work and/or live in a particular area, and the officer assigned to that area. The Genoa Police Department utilizes “beat” officers who are responsible for liaison in particular geographic areas of the city.

Beat Officers

The beat officer is a critical part of this program providing the vital link that helps unite the police department to the particular neighborhood. They are also are instrumental in mobilizing neighborhoods through creative problem-solving strategies, crime prevention, and quality of life enhancement programs.

Beat Officers are responsible for:

Beat Officers develop directed patrol plans that include strategies for dealing with recurrent crime concerns. Sincere and continuous interaction between the police and the community enhances the quality of life and deters crime within the Basic Car area. Senior Lead Officers take the lead in establishing and maintaining this police-community partnership.

The ABC’s of Neighborhood Watch

You can form a Watch group around any geographical unit: a block, neighborhood, apartment complex, park, or business area. A few concerned residents, a community organization, local elected officials, or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the effort to organize a Neighborhood Watch. Any community resident can join — young or old, single or married, renter or homeowner.

Members 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 police department. Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Neighborhood Watch helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community concerns such as recreation for youth, child care, and other local concerns.

>Getting Organized

When a group decides to form a Neighborhood Watch, it:

What Neighborhood Watch Members Look For

Report these incidents to the police department. Talk about the problem with your neighbors.


Keeping your Neighborhood Watch Group Active

It’s an unfortunate fact that when a neighborhood crime crisis goes away, so does enthusiasm for Neighborhood Watch. Work to keep your Watch group a vital force for community well-being.