neighborhood watch


: an organization of neighbors who pay special attention to each other's houses in order to prevent crime
often used before another noun
a neighborhood watch group/program

Examples of neighborhood watch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that changed in 2013 after a Florida jury acquitted a neighborhood watch captain in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager. Erika D. Smith, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 The reported arrests come after the violent assault was captured by surveillance cameras and publicized on social media by Shomrim, a Jewish neighborhood watch group. Michael Lee, Fox News, 11 Dec. 2023 In 2012, James led the Miami Heat in a protest of the death of Trayvon Martin, a Black teen wearing a hooded sweatshirt who was shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2023 The Harris County Sheriff’s Office launched a search for the teen's identity shortly after the disturbing video was posted on social media and shared on the neighborhood watch app Nextdoor. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 31 Oct. 2023 Soon after the attacks, a sort of internet neighborhood watch arose, naming and flagging insurrectionists for the Justice Department. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 10 Oct. 2023 Camelot’s other claim to history is its neighborhood watch program, which began in 1979 and is recognized by the Virginia General Assembly as the oldest continuously active neighborhood crime prevention program in the United States. Hope Hodge Seck, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2023 Curtis Sliwa founded New York neighborhood watch group Guardian Angels in 1979 to patrol city streets at a time of widespread concern about violent crime. WIRED, 26 Sep. 2023 Things picked up in June, when residents near Lexington reported that another chapter of the KKK had distributed flyers advertising themselves as a sort of neighborhood watch. Tori Otten, The New Republic, 12 July 2023

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“Neighborhood watch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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