Lane County Neighborhood Watch
The benefits of organizing and participating in a Neighborhood Watch program translate
into a higher quality of life. The following are some standard steps to help ensure a
strong attendance and participation in your Neighborhood Watch Program.
1. As a concerned community member contact the Lane County Neighborhood Watch
Office 682-4179 to discuss the possibility of starting a Neighborhood Watch. The
Sheriff’s Office will explain the concept of Neighborhood Watch and discuss your
current crime situation and send you a Neighborhood Watch Interest Packet.
2. After the decision to have a start up meeting, you may want to personally canvass
the neighborhood for interest and discuss the current crime problems, explain the
value of the Neighborhood Watch Program in the area and ascertain convenient
dates, times and possible locations to schedule your initial group meeting.
3. Be sure that you schedule your first meeting in a place convenient to the
neighborhood, such as a private home, church, school, library or other local
community building. Contact the Lane County Neighborhood Watch office 10 to 14
days in advance to secure the date and place of the first meeting with the sheriff’s
4. Seek help from the neighbors you contact. They may volunteer to help with
refreshments, folding chairs, escorting seniors or the disabled to the meeting.
5. Recruit a neighbor to draw a large map of all the streets and households to be
covered by your Neighborhood Watch organization. Start with a manageable
number of homes at first; you can always add other areas.
6. Use the provided invitational flyer sent in the Interest Packet or write your own and
see that one is delivered to every home on your target list. Just before the meeting
follow up each invitation with a call or personal visit, reminding neighbors of the
meeting time and place. Try to get each household to commit at least one adult
member to the meeting so you can estimate potential attendance.
7. All age groups are welcome to join Neighborhood Watch, as they can add
substantially to the program. Senior citizen participation is a plus, retired seniors
who are home can observe the neighborhood when many other adults are at work.
8. At the meeting give your neighbors a chance to socialize, then explain the agenda.
Pass out an attendance sheet with names, addresses and phone numbers. Recruit
one or more volunteers to complete a communication tree. Arrange for copies of the
above lists and maps to be given to each member of your Watch. Recruit a social
director to set up a social event within the next four to six weeks. Recruit a flyer
expert to get the notices out to the neighborhood.
WHILE ORGANIZING, BE SURE TO MENTION:
**Neighborhood Watch does not require frequent meetings.
**Neighborhood Watch does not ask anyone to take personal risks to prevent crime.
**Neighborhood Watch members are not obligated to participate in patrols.
**Neighborhood Watch leaves the responsibility for the apprehension of criminals
where it belongs – with the local law enforcement agency.