Terrell Police Department
Interim Chief of Police: K.G. McKeown
Contact Captain A.D. Sansom regarding this program at 469-474-2700
or by email
Anyone can be a victim of burglary or other crimes. Despite our best
precautions, we often feel alone and vulnerable to crime. But there is
a vital protection tool available - something residents in a community
can do by banding together, in connection with the Terrell Police Department,
to prevent crime before it happens.
The Neighborhood Watch Program
a community-based program that’s been proven to deter crime. The
National Neighborhood Watch program, sponsored by the National Sheriff’s
Association since 1972, unites law enforcement agencies, local organizations
and individual citizens in a community wide effort to reduce residential
Thousands of these programs have been developed around the country,
breaking down the isolation of neighbors as they work together and with
law enforcement officers. It is a remarkably successful anticrime effort,
as participants work together as a true community– neighbor looking
out for neighbor.
- Any community resident can take part– young and old, single
and married, renter and home owner.
- A few concerned residents, a community organization, or just one
concerned citizen can spearhead the effort to organize a Neighborhood
- Your neighborhood officer will help you get started.
- Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for
each other and the neighborhood, and report suspicious activities to
- You can form a Neighborhood Watch group around any geographic unit:
a block, apartment building, park, business area, or housing complex.
- Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and
ears for reporting crimes and helping neighbors.
to get started
Neighborhood Watch helps to build pride and serves as a springboard
for efforts that address other community concerns, such as recreation
for youth, child care, and affordable housing.
of your neighbors may wish that a program like Neighborhood Watch already
existed in their area, but don’t know how to start one. They may
not realize just how simple it is.
If you don’t start a Neighborhood Watch program in your
area, perhaps no one will. But once you take these first simple steps,
you may be amazed at how easy it is to organize the program and what
a difference it will make.
- Form a small planning committee.
- Decide on a date and place for an initial neighborhood meeting.
- Contact your neighborhood officer for help in organizing your meeting.
The neighborhood officer will discuss your neighborhood’s problems
and needs with the group. If you do not know who your neighborhood
officer is, you can contact the Terrell Police Department. They will
put you in contact with him or her.
Contact as many of your neighbors as possible using fliers provided
by your neighborhood officer.
Once your program is beginning to get under way, there are several
concrete steps you should take to make the organization solid and successful:
- Contact your neighborhood officer for help in training members in
home security and reporting skills, and for information on local crime
- Select a Neighborhood Watch coordinator and block captains who are
responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members.
- Recruit new members, keep up-to-date on new residents, and make special
efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people.
- Work with your neighborhood officer to put up highly visible Neighborhood
Watch signs and decals. These alert criminals that community members
will watch and report their activities - often, this is enough to discourage
- Work with your neighborhood officer to organize citizen patrols,
on foot or in vehicles, to monitor certain areas at assigned times
and shifts. Lost children, stranded motorists, stray dogs, damaged
street signs or traffic signals, wandering cattle, and auto accidents
are often discovered by citizen patrols.
Neighbors look for…..
Developing Citizen Awareness
Periodic meetings of your Neighborhood Watch Group should be used to
develop programs to heighten citizen awareness of and proper response
to suspected or actual criminal activity. Speakers from the police department
as well as from a wide range of community organizations can address such
- Recognizing suspicious activity and learning how to report it.
- Organizing victim assistance programs.
- Establishing “safe houses” for children in trouble.
- Setting up daily Crime Watch broadcasts, mobilizing scanner owners,
and publishing neighborhood newspapers with security tips and updates.
Once you get started in organizing a Neighborhood Watch, there is virtually
no limit to the innovative ways to combat crime and increase involvement
of members of your community. Your neighborhood will not only become
safer and more secure, but will have the added benefit of neighbors brought
closer together, with opportunities to rekindle the sense of community
that many areas of the country have lost over the years.
A strong, healthy, united community is one of
strongest deterrents to crime!
But it all has to start somewhere.
It can start with you - beginning today!