Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. 

Neighborhood Watch programs can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.

Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETINGS

1st Monday Each Month

Acadian Village Neighborhood Watch-- 7pm
Mr. Bubba McCall, President—(Cell-318-290-8237)
St. Mark United Methodist Church
712 Avoyelles Dr.


2nd Monday Each Month

Peace Keeper Coalition Meeting Inc. -- 6pm
Mrs. Vivian Fulton, President—(318-442-7884)
Homewood Baptist Church
2316 Hynson Street

Lower Third Neighborhood Watch Meeting—6pm
Ms Sandra Bright—(318-623-6068)
Wilborn-Dempsey Multipurpose Resource Center
712 Broadway Avenue


3rd Monday Each Month

Samtown-Woodside Neighborhood Watch—6pm
Mrs. Cynthia Perry, President—(318-448-7054)
Martin Luther King Center
3807 Smash Avenue

Legacy Heights Community Group—4pm
Ms Melissa Dubroc—(318-443-9365)
2558 Loblolly Lane


2nd Tuesday Each Month

Riverbend Community Meeting--5:30pm
Ms Lakeshia Boyd, Mgr. – (318-449-1165)
300 Riverbend Drive

Sunset Neighborhood Watch Group—5:00pm
Ms Winnifred Hebert—(318-473-2148)
Fairway Terrace
221 Sunset Drive


3rd Tuesday Each Month

Sycamore Place Community Group—4pm
Ms Melissa Dubroc—(318-443-9365)
2207 Apartment A
East Sycamore Drive


2nd Wed. Each Month

Phoenix Point Community Group—4pm
Ms Autumn Hicks—(318-561-2089)
4114 Phoenix Point


3rd Wed. Each Month

Wonderwood Community Group—4pm
Ms Autumn Hicks—(318-561-2089)
3228 Wonderwood


2nd Thursday Each Month

Martin Park Neighborhood Watch Meeting 6:30pm
Mr. Jewel Johnson, President—(318-613-8457)
Martin Park Elementary School
4203 Lisa Street


3rd Thursday Each Month

South Alexandria Neighborhood Watch—5:30pm
Mrs. Helen Johnson—(318-443-4787)
Martin Center
Mill Street

Shenandoah Subdivision, Horseshoe Gardens, Deerfield, Quail Ridge-- 6pm
Clyde Ervin, President—(318-445-2111)
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
2627 Horseshoe Drive


4th Thursday Each Month      

Bolton Avenue Neighborhood Watch—6pm
Mrs. Winnie Marshall—(318-445-0120)
Bolton Avenue Community Center
315 Bolton Avenue


2nd Friday Each Month

Carver Village Community Group—2:00pm
Ms Winnifred Hebert—(318-473-2148)
3215 Tea Street

Green Meadows Community Group—4pm
Ms Autumn Hicks—(318-561-2089)
5319 Green Meadows


3rd Friday Each Month

Miracle Plaza Community Group—4pm
Ms Autumn Hicks—(318-561-2089)
4641 Miracle Drive


Meet As Called

Park District Neighborhood Watch Group
Mr, Joey Bollinger, Pres.(318-442-4944)
Red River Bank
1412 Center Court Drive

Charles Park Neighborhood Watch Group
doryannl@suddenlink.net

Garden District
Mrs Betty Jo Sterkx—(318-445-4739)

Chateau Royale—(318-443-4760)
Ms Green
4900 Lisa Street

Neighborhood Watch Tips

• Work with the police or sheriff’s office. These agencies are critical to a Watch group’s credibility and are the source of necessary information and training.

• Link up with your victims’ services office to get your members trained in helping victims of crime.

• Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to decide upon program strategies and activities.

• Consider linking with an existing organization, such as a citizens’ association, community development office, tenants’ association, or housing authority. They may be able to provide an existing infrastructure you can use.

• Canvass door-to-door to recruit members.

• Ask people who seldom leave their homes to be “window watchers,” looking out for children and reporting any unusual activities in the neighborhood.

• Translate crime and drug prevention materials into Spanish or other languages needed by non-English speakers in your community. If necessary, have a translator at meetings.

• Sponsor a crime and drug prevention fair at a church hall, temple, shopping mall, or community center.

• Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, conduct victimization surveys, and learn residents’ perceptions about crimes. Often, residents’ opinions are not supported by facts, and accurate information can reduce the fear of crime.

• Physical conditions like abandoned cars or overgrown vacant lots contribute to crime. Sponsor cleanups, encourage residents to beautify the area, and ask them to turn on outdoor lights at night.

• Work with small businesses to repair rundown storefronts, clean up littered streets, and create jobs for young people.

• Start a block parent program to help children cope with emergencies while walking to and from school or playing in the area.

• Emphasize that Watch groups are not vigilantes and should not assume the role of the police. Their duty is to ask neighbors to be alert, observant, and caring—and to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police.

For more information about Alexandria’s Neighborhood Watch programs, go to:

https://www.cityofalexandriala.com/sites/default/files/starting_a_neighborhood_watch_group_v.2.6.14.pdf