What is Neighborhood Watch?

Neighborhood Watch is one of the most effective, and least costly ways to prevent crime and reduce fear. Neighborhood Watch fights the isolation that crime both creates and feeds upon. It forges bonds among area residents, helps reduce burglaries and robberies, and improves relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The ABCs of Neighborhood Watch

  • Any community resident can join: young and young at heart, single and married, renter and home owner.
  • A few concerned residents, a community organization, or a law enforcement agency can spearhead the effort to organize a Watch.
  • Members learn how to make their homes more secure, watch out for each other and the neighborhood, and report activities that raise their suspicions to law enforcement.
  • You can form a Watch group around any geographical unit: a block, apartment, park, business area, public housing complex, office, marina, etc.
  • Watch groups are not vigilantes. They are extra eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors. Neighborhood Watch helps build pride and serves as a springboard for efforts that address community concerns such as recreation for youth, child care, and affordable housing.

Getting Organized

To form a Neighborhood Watch:

  • Contact the Linn County Sheriff`s Office Neighborhood Watch Liaison at 541-917-9182.
  • Select a Watch Coordinator and/or Block Captain who is responsible for organizing meetings and relaying information to members.
  • Recruit members, keeping up-to-date on new residents and making special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people.
  • Send an e-mail to the Neighborhood Watch Liaison Jim Lepin – jlepin@linnsheriff.org

Click on the links below for more information about neighborhood safety:
National Neighborhood Watch
Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed
National Night Out