The Water Cooler – Neighborhood Watch

April 17, 2014 12:13 pm · 34 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

Does your neighborhood have a neighborhood watch program? If not, do you think your neighborhood would benefit by having one?

Talk about it….

Enfield303 April 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

We don’t have an official neighborhood watch, but there is usually someone around to keep an eye out. I think everyone would benefit from having an extra pair of eyes watching for unusual scumbaggery around your homes.

heck ya.. April 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Yes. A really good one. Lots of eyes. A couple retired. A couple work nights. One sheriff employee. Works great. Everyone knows Each other and who belongs. If you do not know your neighbors someone could pull a u haul up and take all your stuff and no one would be the wiser.

Michelle April 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM

We have a neighborhood watch and very nosey neighbors. The combination of the two can evolve into a good thing; although can be annoying at times.

aannoonn April 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM

There was a group that was trying to get another neighborhood connection thing going with e-mails etc. That kinda gave me the creeps, because the more you share with people you don’t know, especially over the internet, the more at risk you are. Avoided that idea like the plague!!!

KenInConcord April 17, 2014 at 12:48 PM

I’m the neighborhood watch ! My livingroom faces down the whole court. A court full of retired people, so no empty houses during the day.

If... April 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

no one is around during the day while working,
who’s there to watch? Keeping an eye out for
trouble is the neighborly thing to do. Whether or
not you are social with them. Sadly, cameras
seem to be the best way to possibly identify
a trespasser after the fact. Securing(locking)
all doors and windows will help, as does a dog
that has not necessarily been overly socialized
to the point that he would not be alarmed at strangers.
Now, before you attack that statement, think
about it. I have two well loved and behaved shepards
that would not let anyone in our yard or
in if inside. Just get to know who in your block is
home during the day,
So that being said, organizing is not a bad thing,
but organized or not, if there is no one aroun to
see anything, it won’t help.
Keep vigilant Claycordians.

KenInConcord April 17, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Nosey neighbors are not a bad thing, not as bad as single mothers that spend all their time and money out partying and not taking care of their front yard, Or neighbors that have recycle cans full of too many wine bottles!

Dorothy April 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Not an official watch but as much as possible everyone on the court tries to watch for anything different. It can be hard when most are at work or the houses are angled on the properties for privacy.

Connie Dobbs April 17, 2014 at 1:14 PM

It’s not called ‘neighborhood snoop,’ Ken.

Michelle April 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM

KenInConcord, you seem like a very nosey neighbor. How do you know what your neighbor has in their recycle bin.

Idiocracy April 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Lol Ken the single moms part lol so true … be careful they band together on this site and will lash out on ya like they did me for asking why their are so many

dilligafman April 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Hell yes!! we have Mr. Smith,Mr.Wesson, Mr. Mossberg,Mr. Glock and a whole lot more personalities in our neighborhood.

Idiocracy April 17, 2014 at 1:38 PM

“there” I’m out I can’t even spell today

anon April 17, 2014 at 2:04 PM

WE had a neighborhood watch and when we saw muni code violations we would call neighborhood preservation.They did nothing, now they changed their name and to code enforcement and still do very little enforcing muni codes. So neighbors still have over flowing garbage cans and weeds and trash in their front yards and vehicles parked on the front dirt.

anon April 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Yes, we have one . The neighbors watch out for each other and it doesn’t hurt to have a cop living on the street.

Julio April 17, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Not a formal one because the homeowners do not want to mingle with the renters. Don’t want to have them at a meeting in their homes. So…we do have our own version and we do very well. One half of the people are retired so some of us are doing yard work or piddling around outside all the time.

louisa April 17, 2014 at 2:22 PM

KenInConcord, single moms have multiple jobs to do not just clean up the yard.

Suzanne April 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM

louisa, go find a man, no excuses.

me April 17, 2014 at 3:47 PM

@ Connie. We had my great aunt, 90 plus, and another older lady, who would snoop, saw everything. Sure at 30 years old I would get a lecture getting home after dark, but still, they would see everything and call me if a strange car came in our court. Or person. Even today, no one can come in here without being noticed. Pros and cons, I will take the snooping any day over some guy walking in or driving in. We have kids here, and we all watch out for them and each other..

Suzie April 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

louisa and Suzanne both of you are pathetic! louisa do you need to re-visist Cowellian’s website!

KenInConcord April 17, 2014 at 4:16 PM

COME ON!!!! Don’t you recognize a joke when you read it!…..

Single mom jokes? April 17, 2014 at 5:07 PM

PATHETIC. Single mothers do the mother and father part all in one. And did it ever occur to you that not all mothers are single mothers because they stop dating their significant others? How bout single mothers who have lost their significant others? It’s ALWAYS the weak who bash on others. NONE of you women who are even cracking any jokes or making any comments could survive by yourself. You depend on a man and it makes the respect for women go down. Not all women NEED a man to raise children. DUMBA** .

Audrey April 17, 2014 at 5:40 PM

We have had a neighborhood watch for years and it does help. We also have a FB Page for our court where we can post happenings as well as when we are going out of town, etc. The FB Page is really working out great. We just got back from vacation and all of our neighbors took extra time to watch out for our home while we were gone.

Connie Dobbs April 17, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Ah. The “I was kidding” defense. Very popular.

Kelly Anne April 17, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Yes.and their names are Pixie, Minnie and 3 little dogs. They bark like maniacs when I get home,so if there’s a stranger, they make quite the scene. ( my apologies to the meter reader lady)

Audrey April 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

If you don’t have a dog you can buy an alarm that sounds like vicious attack dogs that is activated by motion. I got mine on Amazon and it even made our dog bark.

Michelle April 17, 2014 at 6:58 PM

Dogs are the best protection,Kelly I have dogs and I have never been robbed.

KenInConcord April 17, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Howdy Connie,

My joke was out of place…. I should have know there is a world full of people just looking for something to be offended by!

It was a joke, like my earlier post said I live in a court full of retires. No partying singles! No Wine guzzling parents! Some are single because partners have passed on, I’m am very sensitive and we all watch out for each other. If you come down this street I live on, you will be noticed! If you park next to the fence at the end (dark corner of the court) to fool around, smoke, snort, what ever. I assure you will get a flash light visit and a stares until you pack it up and leave! We want the undesirables to know this not a safe place to do bad things. I assure you people remember and will not return to an area that they know they will be identified and questioned.

If I’m taking a truck load to the dump everyone else get a knock and asked if there is anything that could go! I am the youngest and a heathy male (50’s) in this court so I do a huge amount of moving furniture, costco runs, come talk to the contractor about to do work, Go the the car mechanic with me because I don’t understand what he is saying, If one of the elderly ladies are getting a delivery we are there to make her feel comfortable!

Having two former police persons here, no one would ever get the impression there is a potential victim in this court. No one would ever think I won’t be noticed, no one would ever think the neighbors won’t notice.

This is the heart of the neighbor watch programs, we don’t have a structured one in place but we are watching our neighborhood!!


ZuZupetals April 17, 2014 at 8:16 PM

We WERE having cars broken into as well as our mail being stolen from porches and mail boxes. Our neighborhood formed a watch. We all know each other keep tabs on each other. The neighbors have exchanged ph# and keep in touch thru emails. Things has been MUCH better!

Atticus Thraxx April 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

I started an un-official Neighbors Watch program but now she draws the blinds before she takes a shower. I just went ahead and shut it down.If my neighbor won’t participate, what’s the point?

Rose Garden April 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

We live outside the city limits, and have a lot of space and privacy.

We have lived in neighborhoods where Neighborhood Watch was in place, and I liked it. We watched out for each other, and I felt comfortable just seeing the signs.

Not sure if it was effective, but probably.

Sharon April 17, 2014 at 10:59 PM

In our neighborhood, it’s almost all apartment complexes. Highly mobile with very little stability. Our complex is as good as a neighborhood watch. We know everyone and the manager is on site and snoopy. An organized neighborhood watch just wouldn’t work, for the neighborhood as a whole, but we try to look out for each other. (Single mom who has called cops on nosy, creepy, old men who watched my yard and my children.)

@ Audrey April 18, 2014 at 8:05 AM

You might want to be careful about posting vacation plans etc on your page. It really opens up your house to potential theft etc. Doesn’t matter if people aren’t your “friends”, they can still get the info. (Just ask me, several of my colleagues have had their accounts hacked into)Better to wait until after you get home to post your photos etc. Let your neighbors know in person when you’ll be gone etc. Just a thought.

Watchful Eye April 18, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Yesterday, in Canterbury Village, there was a tweeker dashing through the neighborhood around 5:50pm. He would look in a car, walk up towards the house & check the porch then dash to the next home. He clearly was up to no good. My friend called CPD. We watched the guy meet up with a lady & toddler down the block and they took off heading West on Treat. I jumped in my car to see which why they went and *poof* the were gone. We ARE the Neighborhood Watch.

BEWARE of SCUM at ALL times!

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