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The Warsaw Neighborhood Watch

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Join the Warsaw Neighborhood Watch

 

The Neighborhood watch of Warsaw, Indiana

In my own home, I’m the only person that goes out of the way to meet new neighbors.  Sure, my husband and kids have met some of the neighbors… AFTER I did all the leg work and introduced them!  I guess that’s better than nothing and I shouldn’t complain.  I mean, hey- they did get up from their video games to come say hello.

After six years in our home, I’ve come to realize that I’m the only person in a 4 block area that actively tries to know the neighbors.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I don’t bring a questionnaire and try to know all about you.  I basically just say hello and introduce myself.  I like to apologize for any possible future noises that may come from my home as well…  It’s nearing the end of a long 6-year remodeling adventure AND we have dogs…

We’ve been known to send our son up to the neighbors roof to retrieve fallen branches after a storm.  I offer my garden surplus to several of our neighbors.  We have raked leaves and taken down the trash for neighbors while they were gone.  My husband and I have even shoveled some of our neighbors out after a big snow…  We do like to be the type of neighbor that everyone wants to have.  Even so, there are still loads of neighbors we’ve never met.

So, how do you get a neighborhood watch started when most people won’t even come outside?  The answer to that question was a lot easier than I thought.  You form the watch online… I just made a facebook page for the Warsaw neighborhood watch!

 

Why do we need a neighborhood watch?

 

Fact is, you can’t keep crime out of your area if your neighborhood isn’t working together.

It’s easy to get to know your neighbors if you use a neighborhood site online.  You don’t even have to leave your house to meet your neighbors and help make your area safe!

I realize that many people are on the introvert side.  The thought of meeting their neighbors just stresses them out.  That’s why an online neighborhood watch is ideal for everyone.  It makes forming a neighborhood watch a cakewalk.

 

A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IS GOOD FOR EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD.

Even the nicest cities have crime.  While we can’t control the actions of others, we can help reduce the amount of crime in our area by paying attention to our surroundings and communicating with our neighbors.

We live in a nice city.  We enjoy a lot of lakes, parks, and other amenities.  We have art and music programs- Forbes even put us on their list of best places to raise a family.  And, we enjoy a healthy economy. (Thanks mostly to the large orthopedic industry.)

With all of these great things that attract good people, we still have crime.  We have been fighting a growing drug epidemic for some time now.  Meth has been a problem for a few years, and lately, we’ve been seeing more heroin-related arrests.  I find this very scary.  I can’t imagine why anyone would want to do meth or heroin.  I know that I don’t want that element in MY neighborhood.  And, I’m sure that I’m not alone in how I feel.

NOBODY wants drugs in their neighborhood.  So then, what DOOO we DO?

You join the neighborhood watch!

More specifically, the Warsaw Neighborhood Watch!

You don’t have to canvas the neighborhood or even leave your couch to be a helpful member of the watch.  It’s easy to help keep your area safe!

 The watch can be whatever YOU want it to be.  You can get involved by attending occasional meetings, taking a walk around your neighborhood, or simply posting on the page that you noticed something.

 

When I started writing this, I wasn’t sure how to go about forming a watch.  I was kinda ‘winging it’.  Then, I received a postcard in the mail.

A nearby neighbor (that I’ve yet to meet) invited me to join and help grow a neighborhood watch on a site called Nextdoor.

It shows you a very basic map of your neighborhood and you invite your neighbors.  Easy Peasy!  They will even mail postcards for you!

I joined Nextdoor because it has what I was looking for.  They have a basic grid of your neighborhood so you can see who your neighbors are as they sign up.  There is even a monthly meeting for those that want to be more involved!

I know that not all neighborhoods have an immediate need for a watch.  But, if you wait until your neighbor down the road has a break-in, you waited too long.  For some neighborhoods, a watch is like insurance.   Great to have in times of need!

A neighborhood watch improves property values!

Other neighborhoods need a watch to help clean-up the area.  You often see this in older parts of a town that have a larger number of rental properties.  I bought my fixer-upper in one of those neighborhoods.  If we all work together, all areas of our city can be as safe as a new housing addition.

Join me on Nextdoor .  Together, we can keep our neighborhoods safe and help clean up the areas that need it, too.  Hope to see you there!

Do you live in Warsaw?  Be a part of the new watch program and help us make the city safe by liking our facebook page!  theNeighborhoodwatch

-Nicki

P.S. It doesn’t matter if you are from my town or not, you can join and grow a neighborhood watch network in your area with Nextdoor.  The facebook page for the Neighborhood Watch is specifically for people in and around the Warsaw, Indiana area.

 

 

 

 

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