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 watchman 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 nationally 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. Neighborhood Watch works because it reduces opportunities for crime to occur; it doesn’t rely on altering or changing the criminal’s behavior or motivation.
Florham Park launched its 1st Neighborhood Watch Program in the summer of 2015 at the Sun Valley Apartment Complex located on Passaic Avenue. Several other locations followed shortly thereafter. Our goal is to have an active Neighborhood Watch Program on every street in Florham Park!
To join an existing Neighborhood Watch Program or to start one in your neighborhood please contact Lieutenant Christopher D'Ambola at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-410-5445.