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Neighborhood Watch Radio provides real time communications for Neighborhood Watch groups and family members utilizing low power two-way radio equipment. Todayís technology makes these small two-way radios available at very low cost but rich in features.

  • Emergency
  • Group members
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Infirmed
  • Handicapped

Because of public apathy, lack of public safety funding, municipal budget cutting and resulting increasing Police response times, citizen Neighborhood Watch programs must take more responsibility for neighborhood protection and public safety. Neighbors donít talk to each other anymore.

We all use cell phone but the cell phone is not an immediate safety tool. Neighborhood Watch with instant access to all Neighborhood Watch Radio group channels is an immediate personal and neighborhood safety tool or device.

With just a minimum amount of information radios are programmed for simi secure Neighborhood Watch group and family member communications and safety operations.

The radios are GMRS and/or UHF band handheld, up to five watt output with CTCSS Private Line tone capabilities for receive and transmit. Typical range in the urban neighborhood is one to several miles, 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. Here we're 77055-4102 group but will soon be part of "77055-Spring Branch-district." comprising of several 77055-ZIP + 4 groups.  

The Watch Radio GMRS and/or UHF handhelds usually consist of two radios, rechargeable batteries, dual slot stand up charger. Prices range from $19.95 pr. for low power units to about $75.00 for 5 watt pair with more features. Radios are vailable everywhere.


  Neighborhood Watch Radio is a not for profit endeavor started by the Wireless Industry Association to help citizens and residents Neighbor-Up and refuse to be victims of property or violent crime.  You may start your Neighborhood Watch Radio group now with information from this web. No fees, nothing to buy here. Only takes two to start a Neighborhood Watch Radio group - one interested in real neighborhood safety to recruit another or others with similar interest.

The heart of Neighborhood Watch Radio is Neighboring-Up and establishing the availability of immediate group Alert emergency and neighborhood social communications for effective neighborhood cohesion, control and protection. This proactive approach makes the neighborhood too cohesive for violent or property crime activities.  

While this concept of Neighborhood Watch safety and crime control is not new, this method of privacy communication between Watch group neighbors has never been so available and inexpensive.  Phones and cell phones are not neighborhood communication devices. The inexpensive UHF and GMRS two-way radios utilize CTCSS & DCS tone codes for privacy for reception and transmitting. Even more discreet when used on discreet frequencies at low power.

From Bob Hutchinson, N5CNN, Wireless Industry Association President and founder.
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."

Neighborhood Watch community programs have been around for hundreds of years. Today they are stalling. Today everybody wants "privacy". For human contact its hours of Television and surfing the Internet.

National Night Out is a yearly thing and doesn't do anything for neighborhood safety or crime prevention, but it can help grow Neighborhood Watch Radio. Cell phone technology, married with computer and Internet technology captures one's attention while criminal acts are going on.

The Wireless Industry Association does not sell product of any kind. Contact a Neighborhood Watch group contact person for participation in your home and neighborhood safety group. Alternatively, it only takes two people to start your group.

The Wireless Industry Association does not sell product of any kind. Contact the Neighborhood Watch group contact person below for participation in your home and neighborhood safety group. Or visit http://neighborhoodwatchradio.org. There you can find your group or initiate a group.


Setup Your Watch Radio Kit
The Important

- Set to your Neighborhood Watch Radio group Alert channel, press PTT Call or ring, state your Emergency. Repeat, repeat.

  • This instruction assumes that: Your radio(s) have been programmed for your Neighborhood Watch Radio group with the group Alert channel and several Chat channels which are optional for use. Your group may also have been assigned a nine digit code using the basic five-digit code plus four additional digits to identify a geographic segment within the five-digit delivery area, such as a city block, a group of apartments.  See Group IDs for more.
  • Install batteries, they are probably discharged. Place charger in a high traffic area, make sure the red lights come on, charge for twenty four hours

Two Watch Radio Setup Options:

  • Watch Radio Kit - Condition ONE
    One radio set to Alert channel and privacy code for the Neighborhood Watch Radio group. Leave in charger, volume to suit. Other radio use and channels optional.
  • Watch Radio Kit - Condition TWO
    One radio set to Alert channel and privacy code for the Neighborhood Watch Radio group. Leave in charger, volume to suit. Other radio set to channel of choice and available for Chat or flexible communications as desired, Chat, scan, adjacent group monitoring, etc.  When leaving the house for the neighborhood, take radio along.

If you have any questions or need help you can usually find it by contact with the coordinator or another group member. ~