Step 1: Research Crime


  • Speak with neighbors about crime concerns and current prevention solutions.
  • Research crimes in your area at

Step 2: Contact Police


  • Contact your local police department (
  • Tell them you want to start a neighborhood watch and need further direction.

Step 3: Find Location


  • Ask local restaurants, libraries, or community centers if you can reserve space to hold meetings (The police may be able to assist you with this step.)

Step 4: Create Calendar


  • Create a 6-12 mos calendar, listing dates, themes, and agendas of each meeting.
  • Consider using electronic tools (like Google Calendar or Excel) for easy sharing.

Step 5: Keep Contact


  • Use to keep/share information and communicate with members and police.

Step 6: Feature Experts/Products

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  • Ask security professionals to showcase crime prevention techniques.
  • Feature products that help neighbors prevent crime.

Step 7: Survey Results



  • Present members with an online survey to find what parts of the meeting they find most helpful and what they would like to know more about.