The Meaning of Neighborhood Watch
In the historic district in the bluffs, there is a similar trend between every home on the block, homeowners are watching
Council Bluffs - The Neighborhood Center in Omaha is closing it's doors. After 12 years, members of the Neighborhood Association say it's time to move. The Center will still serve some areas including, Council Bluffs, where community projects are underway and improvement is needed.
In the historic district in the bluffs, on Park Avenue, there is a similar trend between every home on the block. Homeowners are watching, and they warn any intruder with a sign, this is a neighborhood watch community. Here, a Neighborhood Association keeps the community tight knit. Everyone knows their neighbor which has led to reduced crime but there is still work to do.
Neighborhood Association board member and Council Bluffs City Council member Nate Watson says now that Omaha has reached specific goals in their neighborhoods, Council Bluffs can do the same.
"Each neighborhood is unique but a lot of neighborhoods work together to turn challenges into opportunity. An idea to get back to that sense of knowing your neighbors, that sense of quality in life," says Watson. He says the best way to create a safe block is to work together. Homeowners look out for more than crime, neighbors become friends and help one another out where ever help is needed.