National Association of Neighborhood Watch Organizations, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

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A: We are dedicated to helping people stay informed about activities that might adversely affect their lives.
A: No. Any place in the United States with a physical address may be protected.
A: Yes. Data security goes along with neighborhood security. We use industry standard data security algorithms to protect your information.
A: FREE. There is no cost to join.
A: You may post any information that you feel would be helpful.
A: Whatever you post might be read by people all over the nation. Only post something that you would say in public. Do not post the name of anyone that you "think" has committed a crime. You might be wrong. Even if you saw him commit the crime, he is "innocent until proven guilty." It's best not to post any person's name. Even if you post the name of a victim, that person might not want his name "out there."
A: Exact addresses should not be posted. An exact address identifies the exact location of an event. The occupant of a particular location might not want to advertise that he was the victim of a crime. He does have a right to privacy. If it is appropriate to post a location, post the location in general terms: i.e. "On First Avenue between 16th and 17th Streets." EXCEPTION: If the situation involves a home invasion, and it is YOUR home, and you elect to post the address, then do so when you have the time.
A: In all situations that warrant notification of Law Enforcement, you should notify Local Law Enforcement first. If the situation requires immediate action, or if two members witness the act simultaneously, your immediate NANWO report might, for example, enable another member near the neighborhood entrance (exit) to get a camera shot of the fleeing vehicle.
A: First, join in your own name. Then go to your dashboard and select "Invite friends."
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