Meetings of the whole group should be held at least once a year. They can be held more often if there is information to be distributed and discussed, a problem to address, or a special event to be planned and held. The key to keeping a Neighborhood Watch group active is maintaining interest over time and communicating with members.
CRIME PREVENTION PROBLEM SOLVING STEPS
Definition: What is the problem? Some examples are car break-ins and thefts, home burglaries, speeding, unlicensed solicitors, graffiti, panhandling, and trash dumping.
Analysis: What are the common elements of the problem? They could be time of day, location, kinds of offenders and victims, kinds of targets, access to targets, methods of defeating security measures, etc.
Response: How can the problem be addressed? What can be done to prevent recurrence or reduce the damage if it does recur? What agencies or organizations are responsible and should help in solving the problem? What are the best things to do for short- and long-term results?
Assessment: Did the problem go away? Was the damage reduced? If not, what else should be done?
Meetings can be scheduled to discuss specific crime prevention or other topics. The SDPD can also provide officers to talk on domestic violence, workplace violence, gangs, child and adult abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, identity theft, landlord/tenant relations, bike safety, homeland security, etc. Check with your CRO first and then call the Speaker’s Bureau at (619) 446-1018 to request a talk.
SPECIAL EVENTS KEEP THE GROUP ACTIVE
Neighborhood walks to identify potential crime and disorder problems
Socials, e.g., parties or potluck dinners
Cleaning streets, vacant lots, canyons, parks, etc.
Graffiti paint outs
Fund raising to buy signs, e.g., by collecting recyclables
Bicycle safety and licensing rodeo
Painting address numbers on curbs and alley fences or garages
Meetings can also be scheduled to address a serious incident in the area, or two or more less-serious incidents of the same type.
Problem solving usually proceeds in the following steps listed below.