Nine home invasions worry you? How to start a crime watch group

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INDIANAPOLIS — The first crime watch group in Indianapolis was formed in April 1976. Today, more and more people are asking how to start a group.

“When we’ve had incidents over the past couple weeks like we’ve had with home invasions, we are going to see that uptick,” said Lt. Chris Bailey with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

“That’s a good thing because people are paying attention and helping us protect their neighborhoods. This is really a community thing. The police department will help you set it up. They will provide you with some tools and recommendations but this is really a community-led effort when you establish these types of groups.”

So how do you get started? You need to meet with the Crime Watch Specialist and Community Relations Officer from your district. You must submit a membership roster and you must have 50% participation to form a crime watch.

“You need as many people in your area as possible to make it successful,” said Lt. Bailey. “One or two households, it’s not going to work that way. We need as many as possible in the neighborhood to work together to make it successful.”

The best place to get started is at the Indianapolis Crime Watch site.