How Does One Participate?
Support and participation is needed by everyone if the program is to survive and be successful. However, participation is limited to adult members.
Does The Police Department Support Community Watch Programs?
Yes. The police not only support community watch programs, they highly encourage them. They also provide advice and guidance toward establishment and operation of the watch program. They furnish crime statistics, training materials (to make residents more aware of security precautions), and investigate suspicious activity when requested. An organized watch activity allows the police to provide better community service. A copy of your watch program should be on file with the police department. Also, community watch signs are furnished and erected by the City of Huntsville at neighborhood entrances.
Is Participation Dangerous?
Absolutely not. Patrol members NEVER carry firearms or other weapons and they NEVER attempt to investigate a suspicious activity or apprehend a suspect. If something appears suspicious, the patrol simply takes a position to observe from a distance and requests police assistance.
Does Community Watch Guarantee Safety and Security?
No, a guarantee is too much to expect. However, experience has proven that criminal activities have been substantially reduced in areas where the community watch program has been established. Success of the watch program is measured by the absences of criminal activity.