The Neighborhood Watch program works by showing residents they are not powerless against crime. It does this through crime-prevention training, victim assistance, citizen patrols, phone trees and improving the overall condition of their neighborhood.
One of the main purposes of the neighborhood watch group is to get to know your neighbors. Neighborhood Watch groups do this by holding meetings, block parties, cookouts, etc. Officers often come to these meetings to speak about preventive measures residents can take to remain safe.
Residents observe their neighborhood for suspicious activity and report it to the police department. After reporting the activity to the police department, residents are encouraged to utilize the phone tree they set up to spread the information to other members of their group.
New Watch Group
In 2010, the Historical District neighborhood formed a new neighborhood watch group. They had 2 meetings in which a large number of residents attended. With the addition of these neighborhood watch groups, the City of DeKalb now has 6 active neighborhood watch groups that hold frequent meetings.