Building Community Relationships
Traditionally, Neighborhood Watch was always about having meetings to discuss crime in the neighborhood, but as the Watch has changed, so have meetings. The key to planning a successful Watch meeting is organization. Watch leaders should be aware that participants are volunteering time out of busy schedules and should work to ensure efficient and informative meetings.
How you invite people to Neighborhood Watch is important. What would make someone get off the couch after a long day at work to come to a meeting with a group of strangers? People commonly assume Neighborhood Watch means “committees, meetings, or having to pay money.”
Meeting Logistics & Spaces
Try to establish a regularly-scheduled meeting day and time. You might meet once a week or once a month, at an interval that best fits the needs and availability of the group.
Neighborhood schools and faith-based organizations often provide meeting space for groups such as Neighborhood Watch. Remember to use the partnerships you have developed in the community. Invite people from your partner organizations or ask to use their facilities for meetings.