McIntosh County Sheriff's Office Neighborhood Watch
There are many benefits to establishing a Neighborhood Watch in your area. Many communities with active programs have experienced substantial decreases in burglary, vandalism and larceny. Neighborhood Watch has existed for many years in various forms. Today, it is one of the most popular and successful of all efforts to prevent residential crime. The McIntosh County Office of the Sheriff has active Neighborhood Watch programs in the following areas: Coastal Pines / Redfish Dr. / Tolomato Island / Forest Marsh Dr. / Mystic Oaks Dr. / Oak St.
How can this program help my neighborhood? A Neighborhood Watch group:
- Creates a greater awareness of crime
- Increases reporting of crime and suspicious activities
- Serves as a warning to criminals
- Promotes neighborliness
- Provides residents with access to crime patterns and trends that may threaten them
- Increases arrest and conviction of criminals due the availability of eye witnesses
How can I start a group?
If your neighborhood does not have a group, talk with several neighbors about starting one. Once there is sufficient interest, contact the Sheriff's Office to set up an initial planning meeting. A detective from the McIntosh Criminal Investigation Division (MCID) will attend and explain how to proceed with establishing a Neighborhood Watch; he or she will also explain what the Sheriff's Office can offer.
How many hours per week does it take to maintain a Neighborhood Watch?
It is completely up to your particular Neighborhood Watch members to decide how active they are; the level of crime in a particular neighborhood usually determines this. If the neighborhood does not have a high crime rate—and you would like to make sure it stays that way—you should have regular meetings and purchase Neighborhood Watch signs. Meetings can be monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly depending on the needs of the residents. Members of current groups have said that having an active Neighborhood Watch opened up communication in the neighborhood. Neighbors in those communities take the time to talk to each other about what is going on in their community.
WE DO NOT RECOMMEND HANDLING A SITUATION ON YOUR OWN. REPORT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY TO THE MCINTOSH COUNTY OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF AT (912) 437-3912, OR (912) 437-TIPS.
Please contact the McIntosh County Office of the Sheriff, if you are interested in taking a proactive stance against crime and starting a Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood.