Working Together to Reduce Crime A healthy, united community is one of the strongest ways to deter crime. Neighborhood Watch, a crime prevention program organized by the Coralville Police Department, enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and keep each other informed of suspicious activity within the watch area.
Neighborhood Watch meetings are held two to three times a year, and members become part of a phone tree to help spread information quickly when needed.
Neighborhood Watch Area Signs
Once the Neighborhood Watch area is established, the Police Department erects signs designating the area as such. The signs have been known to deter would-be criminals, who know that watchful neighbors will alert police to any unusual activity in the area.
Some Neighborhood Watch areas hold annual block parties or picnics to help everyone stay connected. Officers, as with any good neighbor, welcome an invitation to get to know everyone.