- Traditional Neighbourhood Watch
- Social Media Neighbourhood Watch
- Specialized Websites Such As Neighbourhood Protect
1. Traditional Neighbourhood Watch - Pen and Paper
- Works well enough for small neighbourhoods.
- Everyone gets to physically know their neighbours.
- Physical canvassing required by captains.
- Communication is manual (phone, in person) and therefore slow.
- Does not take advantage of any modern technology.
2. Social Media Neighbourhood Watch (ie. Facebook)
- Many people already use social media.
- Works well enough for individual neighbourhoods.
- Can handle larger neighbourhoods.
- Electronically isolated from other nearby neighbourhoods that could otherwise share similar crime trends.
- Not automaticaly connected to other nearby neighbourhoods; must be manually searched for.
- Posts often include other social discussions not related to neighbourhood safety which dilutes the effectiveness of the watch.
- Difficult for investigators get meaningful information if they liaise with other similar neighbourhoods and have to hunt through hundreds of posts to find the crime ones.
3. Specialized Websites Such As Neighbourhood Protect
- Can handle any size neighbourhood.
- Can handle multiple neighbourhoods and automatically connects them.
- Multiple data fields to assist investigators in their searches.
- Focused on quick and efficient communication between neighbourhoods and investigators.
- It is another website to sign up to.
When beginning any project, whether it be a construction project or a neighbourhood watch, having the right tools makes the job much easier and provides better results. A tool specific to neighbourhood watch will ultimately produce better results than a jack-of-all-trades tool.Return