Neighborhood Watch
by Peter Schulz

Neighborhood Watch is simply a program of neighbors watching out for each other during the workday, evenings, vacations or any other absence.

The program works through the mutual aid of neighbors watching the property of other neighbors. This has several advantages, including the fact that your neighbors know who you are, what type of car you drive, and who belongs, as a rule, at your residence.

A patrol officer driving by your home might not recognize someone as a stranger on the property. However, an alert neighbor would recognize the person as a stranger and can then call 9-1-1 to alert police of the suspicious activity.

Neighborhood Watch does not promote vigilantism. Neighbors are never asked to put themselves in harm’s way to prevent crime. They should only observe and report suspicious activities to the Sheriff's Department. This leaves the responsibility for confronting and apprehending criminals where it belongs—with your PBSO Sheriff's Deputies.

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