Neighborhood Watch

Document (17)Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. While the modern day concept of Neighborhood Watch came into prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, its roots in America can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements when night watchmen patrolled the streets.

It 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. Neighborhood Watch is a group of neighbors who believe that fighting crime is every citizen's responsibility. Each person agrees that they are responsible for taking care of themselves and to remove any obstacles that could hinder their safety and well-being; as well as that of their neighbor.

The Chamblee Police Department’s Community Oriented Policing Unit is responsible for working with neighborhoods that desire to establish a Neighborhood Watch program. If you live in a neighborhood which does not already have an established program and are interested in getting one started please contact Officer Lina Garcia at

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