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Neighborhood Watch Program

The purpose of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office Neighborhood Watch Program is to enable the police and community to work together to make specific geographical areas more crime resistant to reduce crime.

It is a citizen involvement, neighborhood and community-based effort, designed to assist the sheriff's office in preventing and reducing crime.
NWP is one of the most effective and least costly methods to prevent crime and reduce fear. The watch idea is adaptable and can be organized and custom fitted to any geographic area and its needs.

A word from the Sheriff

Guidelines For Establishing and Maintaining aNeighborhood Watch

What does a Neighborhood Watch do?
- It is simply neighbors helping neighbors. They are the EXTRA eyes and ears for reporting crime and helping neighbors
- Gets members involved in their neighborhood, encourages neighbors to look out for one another.
- Forms a partnership between local law enforcement and the communities they serve

What are MY responsibilities as a watch member?
- Be alert and observant
- remain active in your group
- Know your neighbors and watch out for each other.
- Report suspicious activities and crimes to the Sheriff's Office as soon as possible
- Stay informed about issues in your neighborhood
- Learn how you can make yourself and community safer

What kind of activities should I be on the lookout for as a Watch Member?
- Someone screaming or Shouting for help
- Someone looking in windows of houses and parked cars
- Property being taken out of houses where no one is at home or from closed businesses.
- Cars, vans, trucks moving slowly with no apparent destination or without lights.
- A person running away, especially if carrying something of value
- Persons making a quick change of vehicles
- Burglaries, robberies, thefts, auto break-ins, etc. in progress
- Apparent drug trafficking
- Open or broken doors or windows to a home or business

How should I report these incidents?
- Call 9-1-1
- Give your name, address and telephone number
- Let the dispatcher know: what happened, when, where, and who
- Tell the dispatcher as soon as possible if medical assistance is needed
- Describe the suspect: sex, race, age, height, weight, hair coloring, clothing description, distinctive characteristics such as beard, mustache, scars, tattoos etc.
- Suspects last known direction of travel
- Describe the vehicle if one was involved: color, make, model, year, license plate, are there stickers, dents, decals?

REMEMBER: Watch groups are NOT vigilantes and do not assume the role of the police. They only ask citizens to be alert, observant, caring and serve as extra eyes and ears for law enforcement and their neighbors.

 

For more information on how to form a Neighborhood Watch group, contact the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office
Community Services Division at
843-436-6059