0212: /neighborhood.watch

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A watch that works

Good old “neighborhood watch”.  Sometimes they are an effective tool for a community to keep an eye out for each other.  Other times they are as effective as those fake alarm stickers people put on their windows.  At their worst they are a platform to mis-identify minorities and spread racial fear mongering.

On the local web localweb.is/neighborhood.watch serves as bulletin board and discussion group around suspicious activity in the area. Most of the time it’s pretty quiet, but when there is a crime spree going on the ‘slash’ is active and at the top of the front page at localweb.is. This brings it to the attention of everyone, not just those who signed up for the watch program.

Residents are on high alert and can discuss ways to deal with the issue.  Savvy crooks may see the activity on /neighborhood.watch and know that it’s time to move on.  Sure, this might not get them arrested but it can be an effective 21st century “sign” that these residents are not to be trifled with.

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Image via Henry Sivonen on Flickr