A CITIZEN’S HANDBOOK
WHAT IS NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH?
Neighborhood Watch is a citizen’s involvement program where citizens, in cooperation with the
Bristol Police Department, directly participate in the detection and prevention of crime. Citizens
involved in Neighborhood Watch are trained in how to recognize suspicious or criminal
activities and report these activities to their police department. These Neighborhood Watch
Citizens keep well informed about their neighborhood and of any suspicious, criminal or
dangerous activities that may be occurring. In short, Neighborhood Watch Citizens provide
valuable information to Bristol Police Department which investigates suspicious activities,
apprehends criminals and prevents crime. Neighborhood Watch can and will make your
community a better and safer place to live.
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH IS NOT
Neighborhood Watch is not a group of vigilantes or lawless people taking the law into their own
hands. Neighborhood Watch Citizens do not take the place of their police department in
enforcing the law or apprehending criminals.
WHY NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH WORKS
To understand the value of Neighborhood Watch in a community, you must first understand that
The Police Department is limited in their available manpower. A Neighborhood Watch Program
in your community will greatly help your local police overcome their manpower shortage. This
is done by the use of alert citizens within the community who are constantly observing their
neighborhood for suspicious activities.
UNLIMITED CITIZEN AVAILABLITY
Neighborhood Watch provides its community with UNLIMITED AVAILABILITY of the
CITIZENS to watch their neighborhoods for suspicious activities or crimes. Unlike the police
who are limited in where they can be at any given time or circumstances, Neighborhood Watch
Citizens are many times everywhere all the time. The observations of Neighborhood Watch
Citizens are many times greater than any police department could ever have the manpower to
provide. This helps deter crime enormously since it puts the criminal element off balance, and
the criminal, instead of limiting his concern to police patrols, must put himself on guard against
an entire community watching for his criminal conduct.
Complete Citizen's Handbook
ELECTRONIC NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM
What is ENWP?
The Electronic Neighborhood Watch Program is an initiative geared towards reducing crime in the Bristol Community.
Crime alert messages will be sent to participating e-mail recipients. Residents and Businesses will be notified of scam artists, thieves, snow alerts, flood information and criminal activity specific to their geographical area and/or business type. By being made aware of criminal activity and being willing to look out far another's interest, police and citizens can collectively combat crime in our community.
Why Should I Join the ENWP?
ENWP enhances security conscientiousness among community members. This crime prevention initiative is known as target hardening.
Example: If you're alerted to unlocked vehicles or homes being burglarized in your neighborhood, you're more inclined to secure your property. The theory of target hardening, or making the potential victim aware of their vulnerability and taking steps to prevent the same, is a means to reduce crime.
ENWP serves as deterrence to wouls-be criminals...
Example: I a riminal knows that everyone is aware of their criminal activity and are working hand-in-hand with police to be on-the-lookout for suspicious activity, those criminals will be less likely to commit crimes. The theory of deterrence serves to displace and/or prevent crime from occuring.
How Do I Join ENWP?
All you have to do is click the link below, and fill out the form by choosing the options that best describe your location, and you're all set! You will receive crime alerts as we release them. It's that simple!
Electronic Neighborhood Watch Program Sign Up Form
Privacy Statement: The Bristol Police Department does not sell or share personal contact information for commercial marketing purposes. Disclosure of contact information is done in accordance to law. Contact information may be used by Police Department staff for targeting communications (a water line break on your block, for example.) Email communications will be addressed only to "undisclosed recipient." so that your address will not be visible to other participants.