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The differences between a traditional neighbourhood watch and one that uses Neighbourhood Protect regarding the sharing of information and its timely dissemination to other residents.

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  • A resident reports a crime to police.
  • Liason officer reviews crimes for the past week or month.
  • Liason officer informs neighbourhood captain of crimes in the area for past week or month.
  • Neighbourhood captain passes information to residents via email, phone or text.
  • Residents with cameras review video if not already over-written.
  • Information can take between one week and one month to reach residents.
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  • A resident reports a crime to police and posts to website.
  • Emails and text messages immediately sent to residents, ones with cameras check for video and advise police.
  • Website has no specific fields for reporting crimes therefore posted information can be inconsistent.
  • Criminal activity in other neighbourhoods, cities and regions not available unless manually linked.
Blue dots represent individual neighbourhood watches.
  • A resident reports a crime to police and posts to website.
  • Emails and text messages immediately sent to residents, ones with cameras check for video and advise police.
  • Website updated with additional information.
  • Criminal activity in other neighbourhoods, cities and regions available for viewing 24/7.
  • All neighbourhood watches connected through one central database.
Blue dots represent individual neighbourhood watches. Green dot represents the Neigbhourhood Protect database.

The differences between a traditional neighbourhood watch and one that uses Neighbourhood Protect regarding signing up residents and maintaining member lists.

Traditional Neighbourhood Watches Social Media Neighbourhood Watches Neighbourhood Protect
  • Neighbouhood captains do door-to-door canvassing.
  • Sign-up sheets are used to gather resident members` information.
  • Sign-up sheets are forwarded to liason officer.
  • When a resident has a change of information (c-phone, cameras, etc.), contacts captain.
  • Captain updates contact sheet and forwards to liason officer.
  • A resident tells family, friends and neighbours about the web page.
  • Resident joins web page group.
  • Resident has full access to their own information and can update it 24/7 via the website.
  • Captains and liason officer cannot access who has cameras because there is no field for that.
  • A resident tells family, friends and neighbours about this website.
  • Or, a resident does a web search for neighbourhood watch and finds this website.
  • Resident signs up electronically to website database.
  • Resident can join an existing neighbourhood watch or create a new one where one does not already exist.
  • Resident has full access to their own information and can update it 24/7 via the website.
  • Captains and liason officer have 24/7 access to contact information if required.

The differences between a traditional neighbourhood watch and one that uses Neighbourhood Protect regarding law enforcement.

Traditional Neighbourhood Watches Social Media Neighbourhood Watches Neighbourhood Protect
  • Pen-and-paper have no websites.
  • WordPress blogs rely on the administrator to update everything which can be inconsistent.
  • No specific fields for tracking crime type, report#, street, etc..
  • Posts potentially inconsistent.
  • Must be manually read each time.
  • Lack of fields prevents meaningful queries.
  • Specific fields like date, time, street, report#, crime type allows for consistent formats.
  • Data fields allow for a variety of queries and filters to get meaningfull information.
  • Automatically connected to all neighbourhoods in all cities using this website.
  • Queries and filters can be applied across multiple neighbourhoods/cities/regions to look for crime trends.

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