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Lower Makefield Township

Neighborhood Watch Association

Lower Makefield residents have formed the Lower Makefield Township Neighborhood Watch Association, with the goal of increasing awareness within our community of events of interest, criminal and otherwise, that affect us all.

LMTNWA is comprised of smaller individual watches, each associated with a particular development or location and headed by a coordinator.  These coordinators meet on a regular basis with Police Department Officials in order to maintain good relations with the township and also to keep abreast of all happenings in our community that we need to be aware of.

We urge all sub-divisions within our community to take part and organize their own neighborhood watch.  Click on buttons to left for information on How to Start or Join a Watch.

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Now joining Neighborhood Watch is easy!

Just fill in the information and we will connect you with a group in your area.

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What is a Neighborhood Watch?

A Neighborhood Watch helps bring together concerned citizens to address issues that relate to your neighborhood, and is quite simply the most effective way to reduce or prevent crime and make your community a better place to live.

Do I have to do anything?

You will need to provide certain information to your Block Captain, agree to participate in the phone/e-mail chain, and must remember to provide updated information as it changes (i.e. new work phone number).  Members are expected to report any unusual or suspicious behavior to the local police. When making a report, be sure to have all the information possible (car make & model, color, license plate, etc.) and remember to call immediately - any delay gives the criminal a chance to get away.

What information do I have to provide, and who sees it?

Each Neighborhood Watch is different and can be ‘tailor-made’ for your area. Most neighborhood watches gather the following information:

  • Name (of all occupants of each home)
  • Address
  • Email - to receive updates from LMTNWA, including weekly crime reports
  • Home & work phone numbers
  • Age of children (with birth date for tracking purposes)
  • Make, model, color, year, and license plate of all cars
  • Pets
  • Special considerations (i.e.  If there are people who live with you who only speak Spanish, Oxygen tanks, blindness etc.) - Also fill out this form
  • ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact (this is especially good information if there is a fire, if a pipe bursts or there is an accident)

All information is kept confidential.  The Block Captains and the Neighborhood Watch coordinator are the only people who see this information.  Coordinators may pass on your email address (with your permission) to LMTNWA so that you can receive weekly crime reports. It is necessary to keep the information current, and that means that you must notify your Block Captain whenever there is a change in the information.
 

 We have no problems now; why do we need this in our neighborhood?

You’ve all heard the old expression, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”   This holds true when fighting crime.  Why wait until there have been a few break-ins or some mailboxes smashed?  By pulling together as a group, you can keep your neighborhood safe. 

Do I have to go to meetings?

No, you do not have to attend the meetings, but it is a good way to get to know your neighbors.  The meetings are held to inform the neighborhood of the current problems in and around the township, and to discuss different safety topics.

Does it cost anything to belong?

There is no mandatory cost.  Voluntary donations are collected when needed to cover the cost of paperwork, flyers, etc.  A token amount of $5 per house once a year is usually enough to cover all expenses.

What do I get in return?

Our group provides a weekly Crime Report that can either be distributed by your Coordinator or LMTNWA, if your Coordinator chooses to have the association distribute those emails to you. We also serve as your voice. We will take your wants and non-emergency concerns to our police department liaison who will do his best to provide you with a timely response. Best of all, participating in a watch program will give you piece of mind knowing that you and your neighbors will be keeping an eye out for suspicious occurrences.

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