Starting a Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch, according to the National Crime Prevention Council, is one of the most effective and least costly answers to crime. Currently there are five neighborhood watch associations working in Hoover to ensure that members have the necessary information and resources available to assist in the prevention of neighborhood crime.
- Form a small planning committee of neighbors to discuss needs, the level of interest, possible challenges, and the Watch concept www.ncpc.org
- Contact Hoover Police Department’s Community Services Unit at telephone number (205) 444-7700 or contact Lieutenant Harry Long who is ready to provide you assistance in finding a location for the initial meeting. The community services officer will also prepare handouts discussing local crime issues and furnish crime prevention pamphlets published by organizations such as the National Crime Prevention Council.
- Publicize your meeting at least one week in advance with door-to-door fliers, on community bulletin boards, e-mails, etc. and follow up with telephone calls the day before.
- At the first meeting, the Community Services Officer will introduce the Neighborhood Watch concept and discuss what is necessary to create a Watch program for your neighborhood. Additionally, arrangements will be made to contact residents who may have missed the initial meeting and a follow-up meeting will be decided upon.