NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM

The City of Kerens Code Compliance Department is working with your Neighborhood Watch Program. Neighborhood Watch Logo

We are joining forces to promote a clean and safe city, where neighbors respect each other and everyone helps keep their neighborhoods in good condition.

To be sure your neighborhood gets an "A-OK," here are a few of the things we really want you to be aware of:

Address Identification New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers, or approved building identification placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall contrast with their background.

Address identification can become a life or death situation when emergency personnel (fire, police, or ambulance) are trying to find your house. It also helps when friends are trying to find you!

Along with acting as the "eyes and ears" of local law enforcement, Neighborhood Watch also encourages citizens to take steps to make their own homes and property less vulnerable to the threat of break-ins and vandalism.

It is a fact of life that relationships in many of today's communities have become less personal than they were years ago. Families are more transient, children have more activities that take them and their parents away from home, and there are more families with both parents working. The once-familiar sight of families visiting with each other on front porches while keeping a watchful eye on children and activities in the neighborhood is a rarity in most communities today. This trend away from personal contact in the neighborhood and the decrease in time families spend at home are two of the essential ingredients that make communities ripe for crimes of opportunity, such as burglary.

Across the nation crime is of concern to citizens in cities, suburbs, towns, and rural areas. Increasingly, citizens and law enforcement professionals realize that neither one can eradicate crime working separately. Neighbors and other concerned citizens, working cooperatively with law enforcement, can have a positive effect. Home burglaries, in particular, can be minimized when community residents take steps to make their homes less attractive and vulnerable to burglars.

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