It’s one thing to know proper and effective self-defense methods that can keep you protected if eminent danger is present. But what about helping to defend and protect others? You can help defend your entire neighborhood by forming a neighborhood watch program. Groups of crimestoppers are also a good resource for communities looking to “clean up” or help others avoid crime.
One of the most important things to remember as a neighborhood or crime watch participant, is that the law is never in your hands and if you do witness or experience a criminal act in your area, the first thing you should do is report it to the authorities. Police and other branches of law enforcement have the know-how and skills to correctly assess and deal with a situation, especially if it involves dangerous people. Resources like Crime Stoppers International can help you learn how to watch out for and report (and even avoid) crime, but it doesn’t necessarily mean acting as the town sheriff.
Crimestoppers work to keep your community safe by:
1. Staying alert and aware of their neighborhoods, neighbors and surroundings
2. Using effective technology to help reduce crime (such as smartphone applications, home security systems and car alarms)
3. Knowing what the specific risks and crimes are in the area and reporting them to local law enforcement officials.