|Health Factors:||Community Safety|
|Decision Makers:||Community Development Professionals Community Members Local Government State Government Federal Government Nonprofit Leaders|
|Population Reach:||50-99% of WI's population|
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Residents who participate in neighborhood watches report suspicious or potentially criminal behavior to local law enforcement. Residents work together to help law enforcement solve problems, and are typically led by a block organizer who serves as the liaison with local police (NNW). Some neighborhood watches conduct security surveys and encourage residents to mark their property with personal identifiers (Campbell-Bennett 2008).
There is strong evidence that neighborhood watches reduce crime; watches have been shown to reduce crime between 16 and 26% (Campbell-Bennett 2008). Neighborhood watch programs are also a suggested strategy to prevent vandalism (Scott 2007). Additional study is needed to confirm which neighborhood watch practices most effectively reduce crime (Campbell-Bennett 2008).
A study of neighborhood watch signs suggests that effects of these signs on individuals’ fear of burglary may vary by neighborhoods’ socio-economic condition. Signs appear to increase concerns of burglary in low income neighborhoods, especially when the sign is aged or defaced, but appear to have less effect on concerns about burglary in high income neighborhoods (Schultz 2009).
The National Neighborhood Watch and many local law enforcement agencies provide neighborhood watch volunteers with training and materials (NNW).
Wisconsin has many registered neighborhood watches (NNW).
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