Neighborhood Watch Groups Help Decrease Crime

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock Police believe coming together for one night on National Night Out isn't enough to help fight crime. 

That's why they've helped start more than 60 neighborhood watch groups throughout the city. 

But not every area is covered. 

 "We have a lot of room for improvement," Victoria Brown, Neighborhood Watch and Public Affairs Coordinator for the Little Rock Police Department said. 

Brown is working to make their maps more colorful, because the white space indicates no neighborhood association for an area. If an official association cannot be created, police recommend creating a neighborhood watch. 

Low population and low crime rates are also reasons some areas of town do not have neighborhood associations or watch programs. 

Little Rock Police tell us neighborhood watch programs often come in response to issues, but they say if you can be proactive you can prevent some crimes in your area. 

"It's definitely proven that if you have a neighborhood watch in your community that you will see a reduction in crime. And a lot of that just  has to do with communication," Brown said.  

 Communication between neighbors, and communication with the police department. 

"We know that it's a give and take type of relationship. We have to give back into the community as well if we're asking them to give something to us," she said.  

Tuesday, police are working to gain trust and repair relationships with National Night Out. 

"It's really just a refreshing opportunity to have that one-on-one in the community," Brown said.  

Kathy Webb  is a Little Rock City Director for Ward 3 and Vice Mayor. 

She attributes a positive relationship with police to a decline in crime in Briarwood.

 "They worked with the police to start a neighborhood watch and at one point last year, we had 5 or 6 months in a row with absolutely no incidents," she said.  

As communication rises with more neighborhood watch groups, Webb hopes crime will decline. 

"I want to have that same ability and same feeling of security for everybody in the city. And the reality is, we're not there yet."

 If you would like to start a neighborhood watch group, call Victoria Brown at 501-918-5358 or email her at vbrown@littlerock.gov. 
 


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