Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.
Neighborhood Watch can trace its roots back to the days of colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of Neighborhood Watch was developed in response to requests from sheriffs and police chiefs who were looking for a crime prevention program that would involve citizens and address an increasing number of burglaries.
Launched in 1972, Neighborhood Watch counts on citizens to organize themselves and work with law enforcement to keep a trained eye and ear on their communities, while demonstrating their presence at all times of day and night.
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People are using Nextdoor to:
- Quickly get the word out about a break-in
- Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
- Track down a trustworthy babysitter
- Ask for help keeping an eye out for their property while away or for a lost family pet
- Receive crime alerts and sex offender notifications from the Fargo Police Department
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Neighbors by Ring
The Fargo Police Department (FPD) has joined Neighbors by Ring, a free app which aims to reduce crime in neighborhoods by connecting people, recorded video from security cameras, smart doorbells and law enforcement.
The Neighbors by Ring app allows residents to share crime prevention and safety information with individuals within their own neighborhood. Users may voluntarily share saved videos and photos of suspicious activity. The app also allows the FPD to see any shared information, images and video. This information helps officers identify community concerns and potential criminal activity in the community.
Fargo residents are encouraged to download the free app from an app store. Residents are not required to own a Ring or home security device in order to participate in this program. The Neighbors app only features content about crime prevention and safety. In order to increase its functionality for users, it does not include any advertisements within the app. While the app features camera integrations to allow video to be easily shared, it does not allow users or law enforcement access to other users’ cameras.