How to Start a Neighborhood Watch in Your HOA

Establishing a neighborhood watch allows community members to work together to prevent vandalism and crime. While it takes a bit of time to establish such an organization, it is definitely worth the effort. Neighborhood watches make communities safer, and they help build strong relationships between neighbors. If you are thinking about starting a neighborhood watch in your HOA, here are the steps you need to take.

How to Establish a Neighborhood Watch in an HOA

When starting a neighborhood watch, begin by considering what areas would benefit most from such an organization and determining what homeowners would be willing to volunteer their time to the cause. Plan a presentation to discuss implementing a neighborhood watch.

Once you’ve determined that such an organization would benefit your community, contact your local Sherriff’s Office to schedule speakers and plan an in-depth presentation. Send out invitations for this event at least two weeks prior to the meeting. Encourage all community members to attend, even if they are not personally interested in volunteering.

Sketch out a neighborhood map to use during the presentation. Pinpoint specific areas of concern, and get feedback from homeowners. During the presentation, provide possible plans of action. Make volunteers aware of how to report unusual activity and establish a communication network. Work with law enforcement officials to learn more about how to prevent crime within the community.

With all the information in place, the neighborhood watch can begin the task of keeping an eye on the neighborhood. Be sure to plan regular meetings and outings to maintain interest in the organization. Let volunteers know that their time and efforts are appreciated, and address any concerns that may arise promptly.

Decreasing Crime in HOAs

A neighborhood watch is a great method of decreasing crime in HOAs. If crime and vandalism are a serious problem in your community, working with a HOA management company may help you improve safety and security and keep would-be criminals at bay. To learn more about how a property management company can help make your neighborhood safer, contact us today.

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