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Block Watch Helps Develop Sense of Community Spirit

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  • bwsec
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  • Columbus, OH
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Each day crime and the fear of crime threaten communities.   Residents change 
their plans and lifestyles based on the fear of going out after dark. Parents and
children are afraid to use local parks where criminals meet and businesses refuse
to put shops in areas they believe are unsafe. It often seems as if nothing can be
done to make neighborhoods safer places in which to live and work. The
blockwatch can help solve these problems.
Today, community policing allows the police and residents to work together to
solve issues involving crime and social concerns in their community.
Blockwatches are one of the original foundations of community policing and are
referred to as the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Members look out for
neighbors and their property and report suspicious activities to the police.
But, blockwatches are more than looking out for suspicious activity in
neighborhoods. Through community mobilization, neighbors, businesses, coworkers and students form an active partnership in the community. Watches
allow individuals the opportunity to discover common interests and goals that
they share with their neighbors. The residents work to prevent the possibility of
crime in their area and develop a sense of community spirit that encourages more
activism.
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