Ever Considered Investing in a Surveillance System


Have you ever given serious thought to investing in a residential surveillance system for your home? Most homeowners I’ve spoken with have not. Many assume surveillance equipment will cost them a small fortune. Others don’t see a need. Still others think they don’t possess the technical knowledge to maintain the system.

Let me start by saying that every homeowner should consider installing some type of surveillance on their property. A security system is great, I have one myself, but while a security system will protect your home, it will not record the “happenings” around the clock! Surveillance cameras record to a hard drive or DVR; when needed you can retrieve the day(s) and time range to determine what occurred. Surveillance video can be used to assist law enforcement and in court for prosecution. The old saying holds true, “A picture is worth a thousand words”!

The cost of a complete quality surveillance system is between $1,500 and $3,000 dollars. This includes a PC based multiple channel Digital Video Recorder, the day/night cameras, monitor, and any cable needed. A four channel system meets the needs of most residential customers. They are available in wired or wireless versions.

DVR Specifications:
Video Format = MPEG4
Video Input = 4 ch composite BNC
Video Output = VGA & Composite BNC
Audio In = 1 ch RCA
Audio Out = 1 ch RCA
Hard Drive = 250GB (Can be upgraded)
Recording Resolution = 720×240 (NTSC), 360 x 240 (NTSC)
LAN Connector = RJ45
Dimensions = 8.5″ (L) x 8″ (D) x 1.5″ (H)

Just take a minuted and observe the following crime statistics provided by the FBI. A robbery is taking place nearly every minute in the US. A burglary occurs every 15 seconds in our country. The average loss reported exceeds $2000, so as you can see an investment in a surveillance system is a very smart move. I encourage you to take the next step in residential security and step up to a surveillance system.

So you don’t have that kind of money or you just not willing to make that kind of investment. Well, their are single cameras systems that you can start with for less than $200. Many residential customers have decided to use “dummy cameras”. They look and feel just like the real thing, but they really don’t record. The are fake, but still provide a deterrence, as a criminal has no way of knowing if it is real or not. They would much rather go after an easier target.

Hidden cameras or nanny cams have become quite popular. In today’s’ society the majority of households have mom and dad working full time. This means we are forced to trust others to care for our children. If you want that “peace of mind” the comfort that comes with knowing that the most important person(s) in your life is safe you need to invest in a hidden camera. You can actually watch how the babysitter or nanny is caring for your little one when you’re away!

In closing I hope you will consider upgrading or enhancing your current home security with some sort of surveillance equipment. Should you have questions or need any assistance do not hestitate to contact us.

Guardian Self Defense & Security Products LLC

Date Rape or Drug Induced Sexual Assault


Several years ago a girl who worked for me (and whom I considered a friend) was raped. She was drugged then raped by a group of fraternity guys. Several weeks later she committed suicide. Though it’s been years, I try as best I can to bring awareness to the subject of date rate or “drug induced” sexual assault, in hopes that it may help prevent another tragedy.

In a survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in spring of 2008 they found, 20% to 25% of women in college reported experiencing an attempted or a completed rape in college. Even more scary than the actual statistics is the fact that less than half of all rapes are reported. The use of drugs such as Rohypnol, GHB, and Ketamine are on the increase. These drugs are often used to assist in a sexual assaul; They are powerful and extremely dangerous. Often time they are slipped into your drink. You have no way of knowing this because they have no color, smell or taste. They work quickly and in most cases render a victim helpless. You become weak, confused, and in lots of cases lose consciousness. The drugs prevent you from refusing sex or being able to defend yourself. Afterward a victim may not be able to remember what happened to them. These drugs can and have resulted in death, the chance increases greatly when mixed with alcohol.

Rohypnol is probably the most popular date rape drug. It works very quickly, usually within 30 minutes. Someone drugged with Rohypnol looks a lot like someone who is really drunk. Someone who has trouble keeping their balance and/or their speech is slurred may be a victim. It is very hard to tell, because these symptoms are common among those who have had too much alcohol to drink, marijuana or a slew of other drugs could cause these exact symptoms. So what should you look for? Awareness and common sense are keys. Things to look for:

  • Does this person drink heavily? Are they prone to having too much alcohol?
  • Do they take or experiment with any type of drugs
  • Evaluate the present situation, how much have they had to drink TODAY? How much in the last hour?
  • Did they meet someone new TODAY? Did they begin to exhibit these symptoms after coming in contact with this person(s)?
  • Is the new person attempting to “take care” of the victim? Are they trying to leave with them?

These are just a few “common sense” type questions and observations you need to make. If any of them don’t seem right or your “gut” is telling you something is wrong call 911 right away. Do not let the victim out of your sight until help arrives.

Some other common sense things that could save your life:

  • Don’t accept drinks from other people.
  • Open containers yourself.
  • Keep your drink with you at all times, even when you go to the bathroom.
  • Don’t share drinks.
  • Don’t drink from punch bowls or other common, open containers. They may already have drugs in them.
  • If someone offers to get you a drink from a bar or at a party, go with the person to order your drink. Watch it being poured and carry it back yourself
  • If a drink tastes or smells different don’t drink it. Sometimes GHB tastes “salty”.
  • Use the designated driver approach, or a sober friend. That person is responsible for making sure that nothing happens and that you return back home the same way you came
  • If you feel drunk and have not had alcohol, or you feel like the alcohol effects are much more intense, seek help right away.
  • I encourage you to review and put into practice the tips listed above. In my opinion the best and most effective way to prevent this sort of drugging is to ALWAYS use the “buddy” system. Go places in groups, if it is a night out and alcohol or drugs will be present someone in the group must be the designated “sober person”. Talk about it with your friends, co-workers, sorority sisters, or whoever. Plan your outing, know the who, what, when, where and why. Remember if things don’t seem right they probably aren’t, go with your “gut” and summon help immediately if you suspect foul play. You may stop a date rape or save a life!

    Resources: For more information on date rape drugs, please call womenshealth.gov at 1-800-994-9662 or contact the following organizations:

    Drug Enforcement Administration,
    Phone: (202) 307-1000
    Internet Address: http://www.usdoj.gov/dea

    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
    Phone: (800) 656-4673 (656-HOPE)
    Internet Address: http://www.rainn.org

    National Center for Victims of Crime
    Phone: (800) 394-2255
    Internet Address: http://www.ncvc.org/nvc

    Men Can Stop Rape
    Phone: (202) 265-6530
    Internet Address: http://www.mencanstoprape.org

Dorm or Apartment Safety


Are you a college student? Maybe you are the parent of a college age youth or maybe you are a high school senior preparing for the transition to college life. While most major colleges spend massive amounts of money and resources to keep students staff and visitors safe; don’t allow yourself to be lured into a false sense of security. Most colleges are looked upon as safe havens or places that everyone expects to be crime free.

A large amount of crime occurs within the dormitory or in an off campus home or apartment. You see college students are often prayed upon as easy victims. Most students have a routine schedule everyday, they go to class everyday at the same times, some students each lunch at the same time each day, students have set work schedules, especially for on-campus jobs. I know this and so do other students and criminals in the community.

Just take a look at the crime briefs in a college newspaper and you are likely to see numerous crimes committed both on and off of campus involving a students living space. So what can students do to make themselves less of a target? Well there are plenty of common sense things that can help deter crime and we will cover a few of the top safety tips.

Weather you live in an on campus dorm or rent a house or apartment, get to know your neighbors. In a dorm become acquainted with your graduate assistants (GA’s); in an apartment or rental get to know your landlord or leasing agent. Start a “lookout program” which simply means when you’re not home others are looking out for you and when you are home you do the same.

There are effective yet inexpensive alarm systems that will deter and prevent burglaries and theft. You can install a wireless motion sensor very easily. You arm it when you leave for class, if anyone enters a 120 decibel alarm sound and an auto dialer feature begins to call predetermined numbers playing your recorded messages. For example, you can program it to call 911 and state, “This is Bryan Smith of 1875 Newman Lane Apt. 214. Please send help right away, someone has triggered to motion alarm in my home and we need your assistance right away.” That is just an example, you can have it call your cell and up to 4 other numbers!

There are also window and door alarms that will alarm if the door or windows are opened, or if a window is broken. These are affordable on a college students budget and honestly should be something everyone has and uses everyday.

Another thing that has proven helpful is to meet with campus police. They can help educate you on the resources available to you both on and off campus. They can tell you when to expect patrols and provide you tons of helpful advice. Most will be willing to come and speak to your dorm or apartment complex about crime trends in your area. Officers can alert you to recent crimes and will assistant in setting up community policing.

If you don’t have a “peep hole” on your entrance door, you should request one. Even if you have to pay to have it installed, it is a wise investment. The inexpensive “peep hole” will allow you to see who is at your door. If you don’t recognize them don’t allow them entry and call for help. Did you realize the many home invasions occur without forced entry.

Finally, awareness is the key. If you see or hear something that doesn’t seem or look right, chances are it’s not. The faster you alert someone who can help the better off everyone involved will be. Always try and remember to details of an incident. What was the person wearing? Any tattoos or distinguishing characteristics? Approximate height and weight? The type of vehicle driven? The license plate number?

So begin to today, take an active role, a leadership role in your on or off campus community. Help to develop a culture and an attitude that embraces safety and develops effective ways to be proactive in every way!

The Child Pornography Epidemic


I don’t find myself watching Opera very often, but a recent episode caught my attention and really opened my eyes. The episode I’m speaking of involved a Florida investigation into child pornography. Being the parent of a four year old girl and “daddy to be” of a little boy any day now; the topic really peaked my interest.

As I listened in, I quickly realized it was much worse than I imagined. I knew there were some real sick individuals out there, but I guess it didn’t really hit home as to what they were doing. This is not just pictures. This is absolutely horrifying and must be stopped. Law enforcement is calling it an epidemic with literally hundreds of thousands of offenders nationwide. Let me be clear, child pornography includes sexual conduct. Sexual conduct means penetration, means rape of children, means bondage with children. It is disgusting and the thought of this happening to a child turns my stomach, but at the same time invokes rage.

These animals prey on babies as young as a year old. Often they force children to do things with animals! Now I believe in our justice system and the concept of innocent until proven guilty EXCEPT for offenses such as these. Now my intention is to help raise awareness, to that you need to understand what is going on. You need to be offended when you hear the details, this is the only way I know to really motivate the public to take action.


As I discussed earlier the episode involved child porn and specifically a case being investigated in Florida. Here is a description of what police found on the suspects computer. A little girl who was 4 or 5 years old. “She is in a bedroom. There are other children on the bed as well, and she is bound from her hands. They’re bound to her ankles by duct tape,” she says. “There is an adult male in the room with no clothing on who begins to fondle her. The child is completely exposed, and there is no mistaking what is happening. The guy rapes her.” This video goes on form more than 40 minutes. In this time, the child endures repeated penetration by an adult male.

Another video shows a young girl putting her mouth and hands on a dog’s sexual organs. “There’s a person shooting that from underneath the dog telling her: ‘No, do it this way. No, do it again.”

This is what they mean when they speak of child porn! It has to be stopped, so what can we do?

What do parents need to know to keep their children safe? First, mothers and fathers need to be aware of how much volume is out there and understand what their children are doing on their computers.

We (as parents or guardians) can’t tell our children what not to do if we don’t know what they’re talking about. To inform yourself and get resources, visit websites like SafeFlorida.net or MissingKids.com.

Knowledge is power and key to us keeping our children safe. Please use these resources and please tell everyone you know about this problem of “epidemic proportions”. You may also want to watch Raising Awareness About Child Porn Video

Brand New C2 TASER Information Page


Just finished our new C2 Taser information page. I am very excited about this page and feel like it answers ALL of the questions a consumer may have regarding the C2.

TASER International discontinued the M-18 Series TASER early this month, in favor of the C2. The popularity and sales of the M-18 became “sluggish” once the C2 became available. The TASER C2 is the most advanced non lethal self defense weapon available. With that said, it’s not for everyone.

For that reason we created four short but informative videos. If you are considering the C2 I encourage you to spend 10 minutes on our information page. After the videos, I think you will know without a doubt if the TASER is for you or not.

The first video will show you how it works, the technology behind it, getting it activated, as well as a description of all features and buttons. The second video is an FAQ regarding the C2. The third video is a general information video, not quite an infomercial but close. Finally, the last video is nothing but human demonstration. We filmed a group of brave volunteers at a self defense conference. These folks stepped up and said give me a “taste” of the C2. Most take about a 3 second blast from the TASER, just enough to let you feel the awesome power and pain!



Who is your hero? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about life and how each and everyone of us are molded and shaped by a small group of individuals. These individuals usually have a strong influence on who we are and the people we become. These individuals may be parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, friends or some combination of the aforementioned.

Recently, my grandfather (my mother’s dad) fell sick and his prognosis, as of today looks grim. I believe this and the anticipation of our second child has me analyzing things in life a little more than usual. It’s funny how life works, we are expecting a baby boy any day now. Another one of God’s miracle’s will take his first breath and begin life very soon. On the other hand, my grandfather is 95 and he may only be with us a few more days. As one life begins another is likely to end (at least life on earth).

So I’ve been thinking about who my hero’s are and if I am or may be a hero to someone. My father, and his parent’s (my grandparents) would have to be my hero’s. Along with my mother, these individuals helped mold me and make me who I am today. I’m not perfect, but I am thankful, grateful, and proud of who I am.

My grandmother, went to be with God nearly three years ago, she passed away in her sleep unexpectedly. I miss her dearly and think of her several times each day. She was the person in our family who kept everything together. During the holidays, you knew everyone would be gathering at “grandmas house”. The importance I place on my own family is a direct result of what she taught us without saying a word. I learned so much about love, family, and relationships from the years I spent at many gatherings at her house. We had a very special relationship, hard to put into words but something I will always cherish and hold dear to my heart.

I don’t think she had an enemy in the world. Everyone loved her! See taught me how to treat people, she was always kind, compassionate, and gave to everyone. She was a Christian woman, a devout Catholic and I can probably count the number of times she ever missed Mass. It was extremely important to her. During her birthdays or occasions when most people can expect to receive presents or gifts; she would tell me the greatest gift I could give her was to attend Mass with her or to pray. She was a quite woman, and a shy lady who never got a drivers license! She didn’t have to say a whole lot, because I learned so much from her actions rather than her words. Today, my faith is very strong and the emphasis and importance that I place on my spiritual well being is directly related to my grandmother.

Her husband and my grandfather is also a hero to me. This man lived and worked on a farm in Arkansas as a child. He never had the opportunity to get much of a formal education; he didn’t even finish high school. Instead he worked his tail off to help provide for his family. He was drafted and spent years on an Aircraft Carrier fighting for America in WWII. This is the strongest and toughest man you will ever meet, yet so caring he would literally give you the shirt off of his back. He really had a rough up bringing and probably overcame more adversity and challenges than most will ever know. I don’t think he ever missed a day of work.

This man taught me more about work ethic and finishing than anyone else. The interesting thing is I don’t think I can remember us having an actual conversation about the topics. I picked up everything by watching what he did and how he did it day after day, year after year. I’d never hear him complain and you’d have a hard time getting him to talk about himself. With him everything is about you. He fought in WWII and lived to tell about it, but very seldom if ever will you hear him talk about it. He always finished, meaning if he started a project or committed to doing something it was as good as done. As I said, he worked very hard but he always seemed to have time for everyone else.

My father was and is always there for me. I can’t remember an event (big or small) that he wasn’t a part of. No matter what he’s always been there for my brother’s and I. He taught me right from wrong, how to treat a lady (from the way he treated my mother) and I never doubted how much he loved me. I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to have him in my life. He always wanted the best for us (myself, brothers, and our mom). He made sure we knew we could be anything in life that we desired, but never pushed or pressured us. Probably the most unselfish person I know to this day.

This little blog doesn’t do these individuals justice but I want readers to get a sense of the type of person each of them were. As I raise my children now I can’t help but hope to play such an important role in the life of my children as they did in mine. So I ask you, who are your hero’s and what do they mean to you? Are you a hero in someone’s eyes?

Never Quit, Never Give Up


When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest! if you must; but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow;
You might succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit;
It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

Guardian Self Defense & Security Products
37314 N. Red Oak Drive
Prairieville, LA 70769
Email – questions@guardian-self-defense.com


Home Invasion Crime Prevention


The incidence of home invasions continues to rise throughout the U.S. The cause for the increase is probably related to the grave economic conditions present in the U.S. In addition, drugs are to blame in many cases where the assailants are looking for money to buy there next “high”. This week, someone in our local community was the victim of a home invasion.

On Thursday a resident of Baton Rouge, LA heard a knock on his door. When he asked who was there the assailants said they were looking for drugs, The homeowner said you’ve got the wrong place, locked the front door and hid in a nearby closet after noticing one of the men was armed with a handgun. Minutes later the men kicked the door in and proceeded to ransack the home in search of drugs and money.

Soon the criminals located the home owner hiding in the closet, they threatened his life and held him at gunpoint until a third suspect showed up and shot the homeowner. No doubt that the intention was to murder this man, fortunately his injures were deemed non life threatening. The suspects left his house in shambles and made off with cash, jewelry, and his vehicle.

We hear more and more about violent crimes like these and carjackings or even kidnapping. The truth is that crimes like these are on the increase and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in site.

So what are you to do? How can you make a difference in your neighborhood or community? You can start by educating yourself about crime and the steps you can take to significantly reduce your chances of becoming a statistic. Then you take what you’ve learned and educate others, your family and friends. Then some of them agree to help others…you get the picture.

Take time to review your homes security and to make the necessary changes that will keep you from becoming a victim. Spend a few moments walking the perimeter of your home and objectively evaluate its vulnerability. Look at it the way a thief or crook would. You are looking for potential opportunities for a criminal.

Make sure the outside of your home is well lit. Put bright lights over porches and walkways in the front and back of the home. Lock your doors! All doors to the outside should have working locks. Garage and shed doors need working locks too. All windows should have working locks. Keep all doors to the outside, sliding doors, and windows locked at all times.

Be sure that you can get out of your home in an emergency. Make sure everyone can open all locks from inside your home. Don’t have deadbolt locks that lock with an inside key. A missing key could trap you inside. Replace inside-key locks with deadbolt locks that have a “thumb turn” instead of an indoor key. Make sure everyone in your family can reach the “thumb turn” latch. Have window locks that open from inside. Do not nail windows shut. Make sure they open easily. If you have security bars on doors and windows, have a “quick-release” latch. This makes it easy to get outside in an emergency. Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use the latch.

Criminals love places they can hide. Tall weeds, untrimmed trees and shrubs can create such areas. Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed under windows so burglars can’t hide. Keep ladders stored in a locked shed or garage so they can’t be used to climb into your home. Keep shades or curtains closed over garage and shed windows. Keep shades or curtains closed over your home windows after dark. Don’t leave toys, tools and equipment in the yard.

Invest in a surveillance camera or system. If your on a fixed budget consider a “dummy” camera, they look and feel like just like the real thing, though they are not actual working cameras. Place the cameras in plain sight, but high enough that they can not be tampered with. Surveillance cameras are proven to be great crime deterrents.

Child Abuse, A Very Serious Problem In The U.S.


Prevent Child Abuse

A statistic advertised in our local paper really stuck in my head and got me thinking. The statistic referenced child abuse in my home state of Louisiana and read; “Over 5,280 children were abused in Louisiana last year.” Wow! That one line got my attention and kind of woke me up this morning. I spent a good part of the day researching child abuse on a national level. Below are some very real, very scary and very sad facts and trends regarding child abuse in the United States.

National Child Abuse Statistics

Nearly a million children are child abuse or neglect victims every year. The rate of victimization is 12.3 children per 1,000 children. To put this in perspective, the number one cause of cancer in men is prostate cancer with a rate of 142 cases per 100,000 males. Similarly, in women the number one cancer is breast cancer with a rate of 118 cases per 100,000 female. According to the CDC, children ages 0-3 are most likely to experience abuse. About 1 in 50 U.S. infants are victims of non-fatal child abuse or neglect every year. Child abuse takes the lives of over 4 children per day and nearly 80% are younger than four years old.

The consequences of child abuse are very real and lasting. A population of young adults who were known child abuse victims were studied and 80% of them met the criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder at the age of 21. Some of the conditions include depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and stress disorders, to name a few.

Teen pregnancy is 25% more likely in child abuse victims than children who did not experience abuse. Children are also also more likely to become criminals. In fact, they are 59% more likely to by arrested as a juvenile and 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult and 30% more likely to commit violent crimes.

Of the male prison population in the U.S. it is estimated that nearly 15% were victims of child abuse or neglect and almoste 37% of female prisoners were abused as children. Nearly 2/3’s of the people in treatment for drug abuse reported being abused as children

Child abuse creates a violent cycle of recurring abuse in the United States. Over 33% of child abuse victims will abuse their children.Cycle of Abuse in USA. The rate of child abuse is estimated to be 3 times greater than is reported. I hope you can see how this cycle can destroy generations!

Below are some physical and behavioral signs of child abuse and neglect. Those indicated in bold lettering tend to be the most common signs and symptoms.

Physical Signs of Child Abuse
1. Unexplained burns, cuts, bruises, or welts in the shape of an object
2. Bite marks
3. Anti-social behavior
4. Problems in school
5. Fear of adults

Emotional Signs of Child Abuse
1. Apathy
2. Depression
3. Hostility or stress
4. Lack of concentration
5. Eating disorders

Sexual Signs of Child Abuse
1. Inappropriate interest or knowledge of sexual acts
2. Nightmares and bed wetting
3. Drastic changes in appetite
4. Over compliance or excessive aggression
5. Fear of a particular person or family member

Signs of Neglect
1. Unsuitable clothing for weather
2. Dirty or unbathed
3. Extreme hunger
4. Apparent lack of supervision

Together we can make a difference. It starts by adopting a zero tolerance approach to child abuse. It is simply unacceptable. Educate yourself, friends, and family about child abuse and the signs. If you suspect that a child is the victim of abuse please contact the National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453). A great resource is http://www.childhelp.org/

1. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and The Federal Administration for Children and Families.
The CDC publication: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr
2. http://www.childhelp.org

Guardian Self Defense & Security Products LLC

Neighborhood Watch, Get Involved


Neighborhood Watch SignsDoes your community have a Neighborhood Watch (NW) organization? If so are you an active member? If not, why not step up and organize one in your neighborhood? The Neighborhood Watch organization is one of the most effective crime prevention programs in existence. It brings citizens and law enforcement together and most certainly makes communities safer. Since 1972, Neighborhood Watch programs have been educating individuals and families by raising awareness about personal and home security. How does it work? Well it’s very simple in theory; neighbors looking out for each other, knowing what to look for and what action(s) to take.

In our current economic situation, I thought it would be time well spent to discuss the many benefits of local Neighborhood Watch programs. The National Sheriff’s Association sponsors the NW programs and has some great resources at http://www.sheriffs.org/

Let’s assume for a minute that you aren’t involved in a NW program or you are just starting up and need some tips.

It is very important to partner with your local law enforcement for the proper training and resources to get and keep a NW program going. Establishing a partnership from the start with law enforcement is critical, invite them to regular meetings. Have them speak to your group. Ask them for recommendations on non lethal personal defense. For example, they will probably recommend a good pepper spray or MACE for a fist line of self defense. Don’t forget to ask them to provide training on how to use and what to expect.

In most communities a service organization for vicitims of crime exists. Tap these individuals for training on how to help crime victims. Again, invite them to speak and to attend meetings to discuss different topics of interest.

The most successful NW organizations are those who know each other and care about the well being of other members. For this reason, it is very important to schedule consistent meetings in which members can get to know each other and decide on core objectives, strategies and activities.

The safety of family and community should be very high on your priority list. For this reason, go door to door in your community to recruit members to join the NW. Be on the lookout for your “watchers”. These are your residents who are at home most of the time. The more of these “watchers” you recruit the better. These people are the “eyes and ears” of the program and should focus on reporting anything out of the ordinary.

Your NW should be an asset to your community, not just your neighborhood. Think about sponsoring an event(s) that directly promote crime prevention and personal safety. Some ideas that come to mind include organizing a drug prevention program, working with a church or charity establish a program for “high risk” youth.

Within your NW organization you need residents who can gather crime facts within your neighborhood and report the statistics often. Look for trends, for example are most break ins taking place at 2:00pm? Based on these types of observations, work with law enforcement to devise a proactive approach to stopping crime.

Vacant land, abandoned homes or cars, are crime havens. Put emphasis on cleaning up your neighborhood. Encourage volunteers to help cleanup your neighborhood. The message should be ownership, focus on beautifying and improving lighting conditions.

Your efforts will deter crime, you may prevent a child abduction, a home invasion could be stopped or a rape prevented. These are the types of differences a good NW organization could make in the community.