Plans to bring back neighborhood watch groups evokes outrage
Neighborhood watch is said to be one of the most successful crime prevention initiatives ever. But a plan by the Czech Interior Ministry to establish neighborhood watches in this country has evoked public outrage.
When it emerged that the Interior Ministry's reform plans included the setting up of neighborhood watch groups such as are active in Great Britain, the negative public reaction clearly indicated that the country is simply not ready for such a step. The idea was slammed not just by individuals who fear being harassed or spied on by neighbors with "special powers" but also by some politicians. Former Social Democrat interior minister Frantisek Bublan said that while he too had been aware of the existence of these voluntary watch groups in the West he had not for a moment considered introducing them here.