How to Operate a Watch Group

Now that you have had your introductory meeting with the LMTNWA President and Police Department Liaison you are ready to schedule your Block Captain meeting.

• Schedule it soon after the introductory meeting.

• Explain the benefits of a Neighborhood Watch - why we ask neighbors to provide the personal information, as well as who will see it, and that it will be kept strictly confidential.

• If you decide to " run a tight ship" then take information from the data sheets, if you decide d to use them, into a spreadsheet.

• Remind your Block Captains that this information is not to be left around for everyone to see, that it cannot be used for soliciting, and that they need to record any changes/updates on the sheets as you send them the information.

In order to be considered an active Neighborhood Watch, we ask that you attend one neighborhood watch meeting per calendar year.


Every Neighborhood Watch Sub-Group is different and can be run however you’d like to run it. You will probably not get 100% participation right from the start, but don’t give up. People will learn that the Neighborhood Watch is here to stay, and they need to see that their friends and neighbors are participating. It takes time and patience, but you will succeed in making your neighborhood a safer place for you, your family and your community.


Neighborhood Liaison's Responsibilities:

  • Maintain communication with the police department by attending meetings
  • Forward the Weekly Crime reports to your members
  • *** Or provide the email addresses to the LMTNWA president so it can be distributed from LMTNWA directly.
  • Ask your Block Captains to speak to their neighbors about joining and distribute Personal Data Sheets

Neighborhood Watch Block Captains: 

  • Speak to neighbors about neighborhood Watch and encourage them to join
  • May act to represent the neighborhood at a meeting in Neighborhood Liaison's absence
  • Distribute Personal Data sheets

Role of NW Member:

  • Provide information to Block Captains
  • Learn neighbor’s names and be able to recognize their vehicles
  • Be alert for suspicious activity
  • Learn to be a good witness
  • Follow simple guidelines*

* Guidelines:

  • Notify your Block Captain when:
    • You call the Police, you are going out of town or if there are any changes in your personal information
  • Put exterior lights on automatic timers
  • Lock your car and don’t leave any valuables inside