What is the Neighborhood Watch program?

One of the best ways to prevent crime in residential neighborhoods is to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program. Several neighborhoods in Elgin have organized Neighborhood Watch groups. These neighborhoods continuously enjoy the safety and protection that comes with the program. Neighborhood Watch groups are not difficult to organize. You can pick up information packets from the department’s Community Relations/Crime Prevention Division during regular business hours. Share this information with your neighbors. Once you have a commitment from a manageable number of homes, contact the Community Relations Division to schedule a start-up meeting. The officer will attend and provide instructions and guidance on how to make your group effective. Neighborhood Watch participants’ duties include exchanging information with each other, reporting criminal or suspicious activity to the police and participating in passive neighborhood patrol. We emphasize that Neighborhood Watch participants should never attempt to arrest an offender, but should call the police department. To learn more about Neighborhood Watch call 847-289-2530.

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