People putting together neighborhood crime watch programs should map out strategies, build partnerships with local law enforcement, assess neighborhood needs, select and train volunteers, and develop meaningful projects, notes National Neighborhood Watch. They can put programs in place in residential areas, or in areas where people work and play.
During the first stages of developing neighborhood watch programs, organizers should involve the community in identifying ways to deal with their specific crime problems and create strategies to address those problems, states National Neighborhood Watch. They should also seek partnerships with local law enforcement, as residents can pass along concerns to officers, and officers can in turn help in crime prevention efforts. Organizers should assess the neighborhood's needs and convey those to law enforcement, as residents of a particular neighborhood may have specific needs that the police have overlooked.
To develop an effective neighborhood watch program, it is important to select and train volunteers, as well as leaders who motivate them and keep the group organized, according to National Neighborhood Watch. In order to keep volunteers interested, organizers of neighborhood watch programs should have several projects in mind. In addition to patrols, neighborhood watch organizers can plan activities such as cleanup projects or building playgrounds, to keep members involved.