While Neighborhood Watch has been active in Denver for several decades, this program can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in the 1970’s in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night. Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.
In order to get your block active in this program, initial training must be arranged between the residents on your block and the police department. The goal is to attain 70% participation in order to become a certified Neighborhood Watch block. Certified blocks receive two posted Neighborhood Watch signs on the block. These signs advise passersby of your block’s watchfulness and commitment to reducing crime and promoting safety.
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