Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in your area. In it you will get to know and work with your neighbors, and learn how to:
- Recognize and report crimes and suspicious activities
- Protect yourself, your family, and your property,
- Protect your neighbor’s family and property, and
- Identify crime and disorder problems in your area and work with the Sheriff’s Office to solve them
Combining Federal, State, County, and other community support agencies, programs, and groups into a cohesive “team” effort results in the power of numbers and allows for the development of informed group consensus. This involves all elements of the community in the search for solutions.
Anyone interested in Neighborhood Watch should contact Lorraine Shore:
Email Lorraine Shore
- A group of people committed to starting a neighborhood watch for their local neighborhood (We can assist you with the organizing process).
- Someone within that group to work with us to initiate the program.
- A list of what issues your group initially feels currently need to be addressed in your community.
- A place to meet: (neighbor’s house, community center, school, or library).
- A “first meeting” date and time. (We can assist with promotion). Order neighborhood watch signs which should be posted around the community (We'll provide instructions and assistance).
- A means of communicating with neighbors through, e-mail, fliers, telephone trees/lists, etc. (for those without computers, we provide alternate methods that utilize the benefits of computers within the Neighborhood).
- A meeting agenda to keep things moving and on track.
- A crime prevention officer to discuss the crime issues in the neighborhood and help train members.
- A map of the community with contact information for the exclusive use of your watch group.
The first meeting will be an overview of our programs and the services that we offer. We cover the Neighborhood Watch program and why it has proven beneficial to reducing crime along with how to communicate and report incidents to the Sheriff's Office. We will have an area Deputy or Sergeant at the meeting as well.
Neighborhood Watch has proven to reduce crime in areas where it is used. The first line of defense is having alert residents for any unusual people, traffic, or happenings. One of the least expensive preventative measures you can institute to assist in reducing crime is purchasing and installing Neighborhood Watch signs. Just having the Neighborhood Watch signs up is a deterrent. You will learn how at the meeting.
"Blue Eye" Watch Signs
Neighborhood Watch sign information and order forms are on pages 7 through 11 of the Street Signs and Community Products Catalog - National Sheriffs Association (PDF) and we recommend that any purchases you make are the “Community w/ Blue Eye” since those are the signs that are most widely associated with Neighborhood Watch.
Once you have decided on the signs and/or products you would like to order, make out a check for the total amount and you can fax the form to Lorraine at 360-417-2498 so she can sign the form and complete the shipping information.
Lorraine will fax the form back to you so you can send it in with your check. If you are unable to fax the form, call or email Lorraine so arrangements can be made to get the form signed. Your signs will be shipped to the Sheriff’s Office and Lorraine will call you when they arrive.
See also the Anonymous Tip Reporting Form.