I have been looking into the possibility of starting a neighborhood watch for West Meade once our Neighborhood Association has been successfully re-established. Our neighborhood consists of roughly 1800 homes.
There are only five steps to creating a neighborhood watch program. You can easily find these online using the Google Search feature. The main thing is having willing volunteers participate in it on an irregular rotation schedule. We have a large geographical area that is home to a beautiful tree canopy and heavy landscaping (which, consequently, causes a unique coverage challenge in providing sufficient awareness).
Our efforts would best be served, in my opinion, by dividing West Meade into sections on either side of Brook Hollow Road - the main thoroughfare between Highway 70 S and Charlotte Pike. I am about to make a huge assumption that many homes in this neighborhood, like ours, have some type of alert system installed and possibly hooked up to one of several monitoring companies.
Given that there have been several recent suspicious and, in a few cases, criminal incidents in the West Meade and neighboring Hillwood communities, we are faced with this question - “How do we best protect our homes?” This type program involves affected homeowners, the West Precinct Police Department, surrounding neighbors and the specific block captains and/or section chiefs. These volunteer heads of a block or section would serve as representatives to both the wider neighborhood population and the local authorities and the affected homeowners.
It should be a necessity for us to get to know as many neighbors as possible to not only unify us as a community but to help keep each other from being compromised.