A neighborhood by definition is a geographically localized area. The word could also be used to characterize that area e.g. rough neighborhood, upscale neighborhood, family oriented neighborhood etc. but it is more than just a geographical area. It is a community. A community defined by the residents that live there. We, who reside in Brant Beach, are fortunate to live in a safe and RELATIVELY crime free neighborhood.
The executive board of YOUR Brant Beach Taxpayers Association, headed by our president, Pat Prout have worked tirelessly to keep the quality of life in our neighborhood to the highest standards achievable. In doing so we have formed a neighborhood surveillance program commonly known as a Neighborhood Watch.
A neighborhood watch by definition is a group of civilians devoted to the prevention of crime and vandalism within the neighborhood. In essence the neighborhood watch is a crime prevention program that stresses education and common sense. Education and commonsense epitomizes the meaning of the neighborhood watch program. Our goal is to teach common ordinary citizens to identify and report suspicious activities within the neighborhood. We strive to focus on observation and awareness as a means of preventing crime and vandalism. Be vigilant. Get to know your neighbors. Introduce yourselves. Simply promoting social interaction and watching out for each other can do wonders to strengthening a neighborhood. Let your neighbors know if your property is to be unoccupied for any length of time. They can keep an eye out for you.
In this day and age of technology, we are blessed (and cursed) by the technical world that we live in. With our smart phones and tablets we can record suspicious activities remotely. Take a photo of people, places and things. Note suspicious activities like license plate numbers, physical descriptions of people, places and things. Time of day. Day and date etc. Report them to our local police department who are qualified to take action. They are sworn to serve and protect our community and they do a great job. Please remember That we are NOT police officers and should not attempt to thwart a crime. Let’s keep Brant Beach safe and free of crime and vandalism. As NEIGHBORS we can maintain our way of life that we so cherish.
We are looking for Neighborhood Watch Captains who can organize an area within a few blocks of your home. Please sign up at the next meeting. Get involved!
Brant Beach Taxpayers Association
P.O. Box 2316
Brant Beach, NJ 08008