Over the years, and as technology has advanced, LMTNWA Coordinators have taken different approaches to managing their Watch, providing communication, and requesting “participation” from their members. Each Neighborhood and Watch will have its own character and design – the Lower Makefield Neighborhood Watch Association welcomes all types!
- For some Watches, members “participate” by providing the Coordinator with email addresses and phone numbers (home, cell, work) of all occupants of the home. In many cases, special considerations regarding language, blindness, oxygen usage, and health of occupants is also communicated to the Coordinator as this information may be useful in the event of an emergency or if suspicious activity is detected. The Coordinator agrees to keep all information confidential and regularly update the information. Members in turn agree to notify the Coordinator of any changes to their information.
- For many other Watches, members “participate” by simply signing up to receive emails of the LMTNWA Weekly Crime Reports, and no information is gathered of the occupants of the home.
- Many Watches also chose to implement a phone call, email, or text chain, or utilize a neighborhood social media platform so that notifications can be made quickly should there be a break-in in one of the homes in the neighborhood or other criminal activity. This alerts members to check their homes and make sure they are secure, and to think of whether they noticed anything out of the ordinary which might help the police apprehend the perpetrators.
Many Neighborhood Watches purchase and install Neighborhood Watch Signs and many hold community events for their Neighborhoods such as social and/or educational events – all funded by Neighborhood donations.
Neighborhood Watch Responsibilities will naturally differ depending on the size and type of Neighborhood Watch. However, all Coordinators are asked to communicate the weekly Crime Report to their members and attend 1-2 meeting per year with the Police Department. The LMTNWA also supports community events from time to time and Coordinator assistance may be requested.
The only requirement for joining a Watch is to agree to be aware of your surroundings and neighbors and report any unusual or suspicious behavior to the local police. If something doesn’t look quite right, call the Police (Emergency 911 or non-Emergency 215-493-4011). All residents are encouraged to take sensible proven precautions to detract criminals, for example, locking your home when you leave, always locking your car, having your paper and mail picked up when you travel, and leaving lights on timers if you are gone for long periods of time. There is no cost to join a Neighborhood Watch.
First, check the existing LMTNWA map to see if a Watch is already active in your neighborhood. If not, talk to your Neighbors and see if they are interested in a Watch. If you’d like to start a new watch, contact either Lena Beaven or Barbara Bernal, Co-Presidents, LMTNWA. A mutually agreeable meeting time will be set up in coordination with the LMT Police Liaison to meet with the Neighborhood and talk about the benefits of as well as the development of your unique Watch.
The LMT Police Department pays for our website hosting, facilitates the installation of Neighborhood Watch signs, holds meetings with interested new Watches, and holds regular meetings with the Neighborhood Watch Coordinators and the Chief of Police.
- Information to Provide When Calling the Non-Emergency Police Line 215-493-4011 Identify yourself, your address, and the incident. If vehicles are involved give the car make and model, color, license plate etc. If persons are involved give the approximate age, race, gender, height and weight.
- Information to Provide When Calling the Emergency Line (9-1-1) Identify yourself, and explain the incident and if possible, remain on the line until help arrives. Be sure to state that you are in Lower Makefield Township since the Bucks County 9-1-1 dispatcher is located in Doylestown.