The Neighborhood Watch Program began in the Potomac Westmoreland Shores area in the year 1996.
Each year, 10 million serious crimes - more than half of the nation's total - go unreported. That is why years ago the Neighborhood Watch program was initiated. This program is simply you and your neighbors working together with local police to reduce criminal opportunity on our streets.
Neighborhood Watch operates to educate participants in the principles of deterrence, delay, and detection. The program depends on a communication network - The residents, neighborhood watch volunteers and the local law enforcement representatives.
Police that patrol are often called away on an emergency or may not be able to recognize strangers in your yard and in the area. Your neighbors are there and they know you and your family, what type of car you drive and when you will be away. Your neighbor could be the first to spot a burglar at your window or a strange car in your driveway
Think about what might happen and how important and effective it is to join with the police in a cooperative effort or reducing criminal opportunity in your neighborhood.
Vigilante actions are no way condoned by the Neighborhood Watch Program. No one is asked to take personal risks or be a hero.
The Neighborhood Watch program is supported only by donated funds from the residents of the community. The Potomac Westmoreland Shores Civic Corporation operates separate and apart from the Neighborhood Watch.