Neighborhood Watch

Know Thy Neighbor

This web page introduction is to briefly familiarize the community with our Neighborhood Watch Program and to update you on some of our initiatives to date in order to maintain a safe and secure lifestyle here at Bella Trae Community.

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention concepts in North America. In the late 1960s, an increase in crime heightened the need for a crime prevention initiative focused on residential areas and involving local citizens. The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) responded, creating the National Neighborhood Watch Program in 1972 to assist citizens and law enforcement

 

National Sheriff’s Association website of Neighborhood Watch: http://www.sheriffs.org/

 

A Message From Your Neighborhood Watch Coordinator

What is a ‘Block Captain’?

The block captain’s responsibilities may include:

  • Acting as liaison between block residents and the coordinator.
  • Establishing a “telephone chain” by compiling and distributing a current list of names, addresses, and telephone numbers of block participants.
  • Visiting and inviting new residents to join; notifying them of meetings and training sessions.
  • Establishing an “Operation Identification” program.
  • Contacting each neighbor as often as possible to discuss possible crime problems, needs for assistance
  • In our community of over 700 units at final build-out however, and with a recommended density of one block captain per every 10 to 15 units, we can certainly accept MORE volunteers. We welcome and encourage Neighborhood Watch participation by all, from every corner of the community!

So, what are we actually doing at Bella Trae NWA?

The unofficial catch phrase of Neighborhood Watch is — KNOW THY NEIGHBOR — and is a great bottom line to the The Bella Trae at Champions Gate Neighborhood Watch web page, because that IS the underlying principal of having a neighborhood watch in the first place.

Anonymity, and neighbors who don’t know one another in a constructive community spirit, are the ally of criminals, crime, unsafe living, and lower property values. On the other hand, when criminal elements KNOW that a community is well secured, and that the residents know one another and look out for one another – well, that’s just not the easiest place for the criminal element to do their thing — so down the road they will go in many cases — leaving us with a safer, more desirable, and more valuable community to live in.

And so it is in the spirit of KNOW THY BLOCK CAPTAINS, that we have informed you, our fellow residents, that The Bella Trae at Champions Gate Neighborhood Watch is actively and vigorously in operation. We look forward to seeing you having an enjoyable and informative time at one of our functions soon – or to even “joining up” as a Bella Trae Block Captain!

Sincerely,

Neighborhood Watch Coordinator

Bella Trae At Champions Gate

 

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R.A.C.E to P.A.S.S.! 

R.A.C.E. stands for: Rescue anyone in danger, Activate the fire alarm, Contain the fire by shutting a door, and Extinguish the fire. The second acronym was in line with the advertised purpose of the night, P.A.S.S., the basic directions of using a fire extinguisher. P.A.S.S. directs students to Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle, and Sweep the spray at the base of the fire – http://race-pass.com/