Some good ways to help keep a neighborhood safe are knowing where your children are and helping them learn important phone numbers, according to the National Crime Prevention Council. Organizing a neighborhood watch by working with the police or sheriffs office is another effective way of ensuring a safe neighborhood.
Have your children tell you or ask permission before leaving the house, and give them a time to check in or be home, suggests the NCPC. When possible, have them leave a phone number for the place they are visiting.
Watch groups are not vigilantes and should not assume the role of the police, explains the NCPC. Their duty is to ask neighbors to be alert, observant and caring, and to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police.