Resource Center & Volunteer Ideas

VOLUNTEER YOUR TIME ...  Attend the monthly meetings and/or sign up for Citizen Patrols or other activities.

Besides our monthly public meetings, we have other events that take on a special focus:
  • Twice a year, we have a road-clean-up project with a focus on the stretch of Mt. Angel-Scotts Mills Road from Hwy 213 into town.  Because of the number of volunteers who generally arrive, we are able to work on "in-town" streets and the parks.  Several people have "adopted" their own local stretch of road to express their pride in appearance.  These events are generally held in the Spring and in the early Fall 
  • Citizen Patrol - It is always a strong recommendation that patrols be a minimum of two people.  Folks sign up on a calendar and take responsibility for a day or two - or more - each month.  Their "patrol time" is their own decision, as we do not want a "pattern" established for "questionable" folks to note.  Some of the volunteers are "walk-around" volunteers and stay pretty much in the in-town area; some volunteers 'patrol' from their porch or living room.  Those who drive usually take in the areas in town as well as up to and including Hazelnut Ridge and over to Heinz ... sometimes extending their area of coverage to include the cemetery on the Clackamas County side, up to or beyond Camp Dakota, out to Hwy 213, and close-in roads such as Briar Knob/McKillop.  No weapons should be in your vehicle.  Cell Phones are advised.  "Patrol Sheets" are available with contact numbers.
  • The first Tuesday of August each year SMNW/CP hosts a "Night Out" potluck in partnership with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.  All area residents are invited; help is always beneficial!
  • From time-to-time, SMNW/CP hosts educational format meetings, or partners with MCSO or other organizations to bring awareness of prominent or potential safety concerns.  It's always helpful to have volunteers assist with publicity, set-up, take-down, or just participation.
  • There's more ... just ask!
Folks living further up Crooked Finger Rd and 'in the hills' as well as families in the Briar Knop Loop area have developed a "locally-focused' Neighbor-to-Neighbor Watch program and work alongside SMNW/CP with a focus on "Community Safety and Awareness."

Click on the 'header' for each item to pull up important information and/or forms which can be printed off for reference/use ...
    Thank you to Marion County, Clackamas County and other organizations who have gathered some of the following, making it simpler for us to share with our site visitors. 

Learn more about keeping yourself and your kids safe with these online resources.

Internet Safety

Net Smartz

Net Smartz Kids -- games and info about Internet safety for children

Net Smartz for Teens

Net Smartz for Parents

Video on "cyber bullying"

I Safe -- info for children and teens



Early Precursors of Gang Membership: A Study of Seattle Youth (PDF)

Preventing Adolescent Gang Involvement (PDF)

Is Your Child Involved With a Gang? -- Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement


Child Abuse

Darkness into Light

Oregon Department of Human Services

What is Child Abuse and Neglect? (PDF)

Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect (PDF)

Long-term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect (PDF)

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


Children’s Sites on Personal Safety

McGruff’s Safety for Kids

"Stop the Bully" Video


Drug Abuse

National Institute on Drug Abuse

The Crystal Darkness Campaign

Partnership for a Drug Free America


Personal Safety

National Crime Prevention Council on Personal Safety

Home Office on Crime Reduction


Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence Awareness Handbook

List of Oregon Victim Services


ID Theft

ID Theft (Federal Trade Commission site)

ID Theft and Fraud (Department of Justice site)

ID Theft (Social Security Administration site)


Neighborhood Watch

National Neighborhood Watch

USA on Watch

National Crime Prevention Council

Citizens Corps


Crimes Against Seniors

Financial Crimes Against the Elderly


Home Safety

Crime Doctor: Home Invasion Robbery

Practical Tips To Secure Your Home


** This page is still "under construction," having moved from another service provider. Some of the links to documents are not currently functioning, but we hope to have them all repaired very shortly."

Rural Crime Prevention

SMNW-Citizen Patrol Courtesy HouseCheck Form

Safety Hints

Summer Safety - Parents

Summer Safety - Kids

Identity Theft Workshop Flyer 2006

Motorcycle Safety

Marion County Park Ordinance (eff beginning January 2007)

Community and Police Working Together
Every neighborhood has its own personality that makes it unique. What works in one area, may not work in another. When starting a Neighborhood Watch be creative and include others on your team. Remember, there is strength in numbers. Criminal justice professionals readily admit that in the absence of citizen assistance, neither more manpower, nor improved technology, nor additional money will enable law enforcement to shoulder the monumental burden of combating crime in America. Teamwork between neighbors—and the police—is what Neighborhood Watch is all about.

The Basics

A simple program, Neighborhood Watch is dedicated to improving the quality of life in your neighborhood. The foundation of the program is built upon citizens and police working in partnership. Basically, a Neighborhood Watch is a cohesive body of concerned citizens coming together to address common issues that affect their neighborhood.

The goal of the "Leadership" to facilitate communication between residents by conducting initial neighborhood meetings. During the meeting residents learn about neighborhood crime statistics, personal and home safety information and are provided and/or referred to crime prevention materials. It empowers the citizens of the neighborhood or community and helps to reduce their chances of being victimized by crime through education and teamwork.

Why Neighborhood Watch?

Whether you live in a high crime area or not, a comprehensive Neighborhood Watch program offers numerous benefits for your area. Such programs instill a greater sense of security, well-being, and reduce the fear of crime in your neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch helps instill a greater "sense of community," by putting the neighbor back into neighborhood. Here are some of the other benefits you can expect by participating in a local Neighborhood Watch program:

  • Reducing the risk of being a crime victim
  • Being better prepared to respond to suspicious activity
  • Increased information on issues that impact your neighborhood
  • The possibility of obtaining Neighborhood Watch signs or other ‘deterrent’ information
  • Getting to know your neighbors
  • Reducing the fear of crime and making your neighborhood more livable

How much work is involved?
This is a fair question and the answer depends on you. Some areas have major concerns, requiring some work; others just want to maintain their area and don’t want to spend a great deal of time on it. In order to be recognized as an "active" Neighborhood Watch group you must have at least two (2) meetings within a calendar year. More often is better. These could include general informational meetings, community clean-up days, ice cream social, BBQ, educational program, etc. Also annually Neighborhood Watch audit paperwork must be updated. Your program may opt to become a registered non-profit – to allow for tax deductible donations.

The role of the Neighborhood Watch Captain/President
The Neighborhood Watch captain serves as the coordinator and liaison of the group. It is up to the Neighborhood Watch captain to serve as a spokesperson, schedule group activities, supply your CAT representative with required information, and coordinate neighborhood activities and communication. Likewise, the captain should:

  • Maintain a list of all members
  • Develop, maintain and distribute neighborhood maps for your area including names, addresses, and telephone numbers
  • Set up a communication network for your area such as a telephone tree
  • Distribute information sent received from local law enforcement or other pertinent materials.
  • Greet new neighbors, encourage them to join, and update the neighborhood watch list
  • Maintain sign in sheets of the Neighborhood Watch activities

The role of the members
Everyone in the Neighborhood Watch plays an important part in the success of the program! Members should learn the names of their neighbors and the kinds of cars they drive. They should keep a copy of the Neighborhood Watch map and telephone tree readily accessible. In fact, the role of individual members includes attending meetings, watching out for suspicious activity, displaying Neighborhood Watch signs when available, and assisting the police by learning how to become a good witness. Depending on the set up in your local community, you may be part of a "Citizen Patrol" - with random drive-arounds or walk-arounds in your area.  In any situation, ALL community members should be taking on the concept of being the 'eyes and ears' of law enforcement for their local community - and a voice toward prevention of violence and crime.  Above all, being a member means getting involved. If you don’t do it, who will? Neighborhood Watch is quite simply the most effective way to reduce or prevent crime while improving the quality of life in your neighborhood.

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