What is Neighborhood Watch?
Neighborhood Watch is a However, the name can be misleading. Any group can start a Watch - a community without an association, a workplace, a religious organization, a daycare, ... Watch groups serve as the "eyes and ears" of the Police Department by reporting any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement. Watch groups receive training in how to detect suspicious people, vehicles, sights and sounds, and how to proactively report suspicious events in detail - before crime happens - for the safety of their community.
Why Start or Join a Neighborhood Watch?
Starting or joining a community’s Neighborhood Watch is an easy way to help protect yourself and others. Neighborhood Watch groups receive a free security assessment report for the community and free training from the Manassas City Police Department on how to effectively observe and report suspicious activity, conduct meetings, organize volunteers and other topics.
Additional Benefits of Neighborhood Watch:
Unites the community
Enhances collaboration between your community and the Police Department
Increases crime reporting
Enhances homeland security
Increases police presence
Prevents and reduces crime
Gives your community positive publicity
Additional Resources USA on Watch
USA on Watch is the national face of Neighborhood Watch. A program of the National Sheriff's Association, USA on Watch provides in-depth resources and training for Watch groups. USA on Watch is a subprogram of Citizen Corps, of which CERT and Fire Corps fall under as well, just to name two.
Virginia Fusion Center
The Virginia Fusion Center keeps track of suspicious incidents that may seem unrelated to you but are part of a larger investigation. Take the time to report any suspicious activity you observe to the Virginia Fusion Center's Tip Line by calling 1-877-4VA-TIPS (1-877-428-8477). If someone's life or property is in immediate danger, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.
If your neighborhood does not already have an active Neighborhood Watch, start one! Find out how by contacting the Manassas City Police Department at 703-257-8064 or contact the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator.
No matter what the makeup of your community is – renters, owners, senior citizens or children – get to know your neighbors. Make the decision to look out for each other.
Sarah Maroney, CPS
Neighborhood Watch Coordinator