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In recent years, neighborhoods have experienced rapid change. The old, well-established neighborhoods, where everyone knew everyone, have been replaced by a highly transient community where people seek more and more privacy. This life style tends to promote unfamiliarity with neighbors and a corresponding lack of concern.  Unfortunately, this enhances the “opportunities” for the criminal element and increases the community’s vulnerability to crime.

The security of Anne Arundel County and its citizens depends greatly upon the people themselves. In today’s society no police department can effectively protect life and property without the support and cooperation of the citizens it serves.
The police have limited capabilities. Therefore, it becomes as much a citizen’s responsibility as the police’s responsibility to curb crime occurring in their respective communities. It is time for the citizen to assume an active role in preventing crime.

What is the Watch Program?

The Community Crime WATCH Program offers this opportunity; it involves the joint efforts of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the communities. The program is designed to enhance neighborhood security, heighten the community’s power of observation, and to encourage mutual assistance and concern among neighbors. The Community Crime Watch Program has proven very successful.


You may contact your Anne Arundel County Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at (410) 222-0042 to organize your Community Crime Watch.