Community Watch Meeting Hot
Build relationships and make your community more safe and secure by asking residents to watch out for each other!
A community watch meeting can make both the residents and management happy and be very effective in preventing crime. It's a great way for residents to get to know each other and build community. Organize meetings every couple of months so residents can discuss safety issues and how they can improve the community. For a special meeting, get the local police department to come out and do a safety day that features home, car, pool, personal and child safety.
Use a sign-up sheet to encourage residents to join a community watch email group. Emails can be sent by community staff advising everyone of safety issues or concerns. Ask one person from each building to be the building safety captain and they can communicate with their building when there is a specific safety or security concern.
The CARES team can communicate with the captains and build great relationships. If your complex has a community resource (courtesy) officer they should be happy to help facilitate the meeting. Ask local police to facilitate the meeting and get the fire department to come with a fire truck for the kids to tour and take pictures with.
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