“When we own our communities and take responsibilities for our streets, blocks and neighbourhoods, we reinforce the positive efforts of police and other city departments and our communities are safer, because the spaces that are cared for, maintained and looked after, are less likely to be crime scenes.” Mary Vogel
This will include those persons who will leave their places of residence and actively move
around the neighbourhood, under the guidance of a Team Leader to identify or prevent
suspicious activity in the area.
The Patrollers will be placed into three (3) specific categories, namely Foot Patrollers,
Mobile Patrollers and Crew Members.
These are persons designated by the Team Leader to patrol various roads on foot with
communication, to identify any suspicious movement, vehicle or person.
The foot patrollers are normally alone, however whenever possible ensure that foot patrols
include a party of two (2).
The foot patroller will never engage any situation, unless extremely necessary or in order to save life, however in normal circumstances the foot patroller will follow the suspicious person from a distance and/or will communicate all information about suspicious party or happening back to the Team Leader or the radio base operator/controller.
These persons are those willing to use their private vehicles to assist with dropping off foot
patrollers and to respond to various incidents in the neighbourhood during an operation.
The mobile patrollers will be allocated to a specific road or area by the Team Leader; they
will either standoff at a particular point or patrol the area in which they were posted.
Mobile patrollers must always ensure that their vehicle reflective decals are always visibly
displayed on their vehicles to identify them in public as being a part of the local
neighbourhood watch, as residents in their patrol area may become suspicious of a strange
unmarked vehicle circling the area or parked in a dark shady location for an extended period of time.
Spotters: Spotters are normally those persons who want to be involved but are either unable to leave their homes or would prefer to be vigilant from their home or garden. The spotter will participate by assisting the patrollers to identify suspicious vehicles or persons moving past their homes. The spotter can communicate directly with the control or base operator, who can relay the message to the Team Leader. In certain instances a spotter may reside at a perfect lookout location, and it may be feasible for the team Leader to allocate a radio to that spotter for more efficient reporting. (i.e.: a regular escape route used by suspects.)
Equipment necessary for patrollers
All patrollers need to ideally be equipped with the following items:
1. Torch with good batteries.
3. Pepper Spray
4. A warm jacket and cap or beanie. (for cold winter nights)
5. Cellular phone or Radio for communication.
6. Identification ( showing that they belong to the neighbourhood watch)
7. A black pen.
8. Vehicle decals where applicable.
It is essential that all members sign a declaration, once appointed as volunteer patrollers, protecting the neighbourhood watch of any claims or liability in the event of death, injury or damage to property.