ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – Starting a Neighborhood Watch Group for your street, neighborhood, apartment complex or condominium community helps the community and can make a lasting impression. Neighborhood Watch is an organized group of citizens devoted to preventing crime and vandalism within a neighborhood.
“As active Neighborhood Watch participants, you play a significant role in helping us reduce crime in Orlando. National Crime Prevention Council statistics show that residential burglaries decrease by as much as 40 percent when citizens are involved in Neighborhood Watch,” Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “With the help of the community we can continue to ensure that the City of Orlando is safe place to live, work and raise a family.”
The Orlando Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch Unit conducts free training sessions to ensure that Neighborhood Watch members are able to effectively identify suspicious activity and always report suspicious activity to 911. Members are taught to serve as the extra “eyes and ears” of law enforcement.
Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective approaches to partner with the City in order to prevent crime. Neighborhood Watch creates a sense of community, encourages involvement and observation, and advocates improved home security and personal safety.
Being a member of Neighborhood Watch requires participants to meet twice a year, recruit one Neighborhood Watch Block Captain and have 40 percent participation.
Neighborhood Watch is a major partner to ensure a safer City. Residents of Orlando have the opportunity to actively engage in Neighborhood Watch programs to prevent crimes from happening in the community and aid the Orlando Police Department.
For more information on getting involved or starting a group, contact your Neighborhood Watch Specialist:
Commissioner Districts 2 & 3
Commissioner Districts 1 &4
Commissioner District 5 & 6