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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH

Welcome to the La Crosse County Neighborhood Watch website.

The model program for what became Neighborhood Watch was developed by the National Sheriffs Association in early 1972. It was first used in an attempt to stop the increasing burglary rate. It was found that communities who had obtained the assistance of their citizens in the observation and reporting of suspicious and criminal activity, were able to keep the burglary rate down.

Neighborhood Watch works if people want to assume a more active role in making their community safer. Since it is impractical to place a police officer on every corner of every neighborhood, it is more practical to have help from the people who live there. The neighborhood residents know who belongs there and who doesn't and what activity is suspicious. The main reason Neighborhood Watch can be successful is that citizens can begin working with, instead of relying on, law enforcement to combat crime in their community.

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