Neighborhood Watch

The Carbondale Police Department and the City's residents have learned that the best protection for a home can sometimes depend upon the watchful eyes of neighbors. The Neighborhood Watch program empowers citizens to become active in community efforts through participation in Neighborhood Watch groups. Neighborhood Watch has long been called the extra “eyes and ears” of law enforcement, but the program has evolved into something more- a complex relationship that unites citizens, government leaders, and community policing officers as equal partners in crime prevention and community safety. Today's Watch Group programs incorporate activities that not only address crime prevention issues, but also restore pride and unity to a neighborhood.

Several neighborhoods in the City of Carbondale have organized themselves into designated “Neighborhood Watch Blocks,” watching over each other’s homes and properties for suspicious activity. This is especially practical in today’s society, in which two-income families are the norm and many neighborhoods are deserted during the day. While criminals have attempted to use this statistic to their advantage, law enforcement has uncovered an important reality: the communities in which citizens have observed and reported suspicious activity have enjoyed lower crime rates.

For more information on how to join or form a Neighborhood Watch group in Carbondale, contact the police department today.