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Standard is set of two radios with double slot charger.

The Economy Slides
Crime Ramps Up
Let's Neighbor Up For Safety!

Neighborhood Watch Radio provides immediate communication among Neighborhood Watch group members who are using semi private two-way radio equipment. Today’s technology makes these small radios available at very low cost yet rich in features.

Local low power GMRS UHF repeaters with antenna high enough to provide several miles radius of dependable communications coverage are now more common.

Due to public apathy, lack of public safety funding, municipal budget cutting of law enforcement resources and personnel, it is more and more up to citizen Neighborhood Watch programs to take more responsibility for protecting neighborhoods from property and violent crime. As a result of loss of personnel, local police response times have become too lengthy for effective action against crime in the community. 

Also, even though we all have them, the cell phone cannot be considered an immediate safety tool for a neighborhood in a community-wide crisis event. In such an emergency (any event affecting large areas of the community), local, state, or higher government officials will shut down domestic cellular systems in order to keep the airwaves open for emergency responders to the situation.

This all means that dialing 911 is NOT the protection you need it to be. Local law enforcement agencies are stretched too far to respond quickly enough. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. - after he was forced to lay off forty two more officers because of budget cuts -  expresses publicly his frustration at this frightening situation:  to read his remarks CLICK >>  Press Release .

Neighborhood Watch associations that have access to Neighborhood Watch Radio group channels will be able to provide immediate personal and neighborhood safety in their communities  - by using these devices. More security for:

  • Group members
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Infirm
  • Handicapped

More Good GMRS Info

The radios are GMRS and/or UHF band handheld, up to five watt output with CTCSS and DCS privacy tone code capabilities for receive and transmit. Typical range in the urban neighborhood is 500 to 1,500 yards, depending on power output, density of trees, obstructions, houses, buildings, antenna, etc. The Neighborhood Watch Radio group is made up of a cluster of 20 to 100  homes, apartments, neighbors.

The group is loosely identified by its nine digit ZIP +4 code. Several ZIP+ 4 groups may develop with a  "district" name.   

The Watch Radio GMRS and/or UHF handhelds usually consist of two radios, rechargeable batteries, and dual slot stand up charger. Prices range from $25.00  for low power units to about $75.00 for 5 watt pair with more features. Radios are available everywhere.




1 NEIGHBOR UP SEARCH. Is group setup? If not, create group.
2 ESTABLISH. Group coordinator(s), you, neighbors, relatives, friends, Hams, Cops.
3 RADIO UP. GMSR or UHF Radios for group members.
4 PROMOTE. Print, publicize, email your Nextdoor.com & Neighborhood Watch Radio materials.
5 DISPLAY NOTICE. Print & display Neighborhood Watch Radio & Nextdoor.com with Signage & Placards.

The Neighborhood Watch Radio project is a public service from the Wireless Industry Association to help citizens and residents Neighbor-Up for safety and refuse to be victims of property or violent crime.

The heart of Neighborhood Watch Radio is Neighboring-Up and establishing immediate group communications for informal neighborhood cohesion, control, and protection. This proactive approach makes any gap between formal control (the Police) and informal control (the neighborhood) too small for criminal activity.   

While the concept of neighborhood safety and crime control is not new, the method of semi-private instant communications has not really been utilized. Phones and cell phones are not instant neighborhood communication devices. But these inexpensive GMRS and UHF handheld two-way radios can provide first responder notifications and neighborhood communication of suspicious or criminal activity. These radio systems are semi secure and/or semi private within the neighborhood.

The Neighborhood Watch Radio suggested plan comes from Bob Hutchinson, President and Founder of the Wireless Industry Association. Bob has been involved in the Radio and Wireless industry for 40+ years.

From Bob:
Residents of neighborhoods in their air conditioned homes are insulated from most neighborhood noises, don't know or socialize with neighbors, and don't talk or communicate. An occasional wave or smile is not communication. Conversation, talking, and discussion is communication.

911 Response Time Now is ???

Neighborhood Watch community programs have been around for hundreds of years. Today they are stalling. Today everybody wants "privacy". Human contact has turned into Facebook browsing,  hours of television, and surfing the internet.

National Night Out is a yearly thing and doesn't do anything for ongoing neighborhood safety or crime prevention. Cell phone technology, married with computer and Internet technology, captures one's attention, with head in phone, while criminal acts are going on.

Neighborhood Watch Radios are semi secure and/or semi private within the neighborhood group on several channels. Additional channels for talk between two or three or more group members can be programmed. Communications with adjacent Neighborhood Watch Radio groups are common also.


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