Neighborhood Watch is a program of neighbors watching out for each other during the workday, evenings, vacations or any other absence. A Neighborhood Watch creates an alert neighborhood using simple crime prevention methods. Your neighbors know who you are, what type of car you drive, and who usually belongs at your residence.
A police officer driving past your home may not recognize someone as a stranger in your yard. However, an alert neighbor could identify the person as a stranger and call 9-1-1, alerting police to suspicious activity. Neighborhood Watch does not promote vigilantism. Members of Neighborhood Watch groups are never asked to put themselves in harm’s way to prevent crime. They should only observe and report suspicious activities to the Police Department. This leaves the responsibility for confronting and apprehending criminals where it belongs—with Hoffman Estates police officers.
A true community-police partnership develops, which translates into reduced police service call and the fear of criminal activity. Awareness is increased and Neighborhood Watch groups serve as a valuable resource when perspective is needed.
Current NHW Groups:
Autumn Chase Apartments @ Bode/Salem
Illinois Blvd/Glendale Lane area
Haverford Place area (West of I-90)
Beacon Pointe (west of Beverly Road)
Hunter’s Ridge West
Winston Knolls (north of I-90)
If you are interested in the Neighborhood Watch Group program, contact Officer Joe Kruschel.