While visibility is nice for any organization, it's an essential part of your mission when you're running a neighborhood watch group. Neighborhood watch groups are one of the most effective ways to reduce crime, and they have many other important benefits for a community. Promotional clothing and other products can be part of that success by giving you more visibility.

Speaking of success, San Diego has an especially impressive record. The San Diego City Council reports that there are more than 50 neighborhood watch groups in our area, and many news sources confirm that San Diego's crime rate is the lowest it has been in nearly 50 years, partly due to close ties between local authorities and community members.

If you want to get involved, here are some suggestions for buying and using promotional products, and other aspects of starting and maintaining a neighborhood watch group.

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How to Use Promotional Clothing: You might want to purchase a variety of items including t-shirts and hats in both adult and children's sizes. Your individual mix may depend on what's popular and useful in your neighborhood. For example, if you're in one of the more pedestrian friendly areas in San Diego you might get hats or shirts for volunteers doing neighborhood walks. If you expect to do a lot of graffiti paint outs and clean-up events, you may prefer an ample supply of custom scrubs so people won't mind getting messy. Depending on your activities, it may also be appropriate to have logo goods available in English, Spanish, and other languages to make a positive and inclusive statement. Whatever happens, you'll have plenty of opportunities to use and display your clothing at your own meetings, block parties, and service projects, as well as recruitment and educational activities done in partnership with other neighborhood organizations.

How to Pay for Your Promotional Clothing: Local employers and small businesses may be willing to help cover expenses for many things including logo goods, especially if you offer them recognition for their contribution. That way you may be able to provide free items to motivate and thank your volunteers. You may also want to consider charging membership fees or selling promotional items to raise funds. In addition, you can find many helpful examples online of how other neighborhood watch groups are raising funds from traditional rummage sales to Go Fund Me campaigns. While fundraising isn't necessary, it may enable your group to be more active and accomplish more.

Online Presence: Naturally, many neighborhood watch groups have websites, Facebook pages or some other online presence these days. In addition to recruiting volunteers and offering your logo goods for sale, you can provide safety information and reminders about issues like keeping your alarm system turned on and being especially vigilant during the holidays.

Other Benefits: While security may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a neighborhood watch group, the benefits extend much further. The greatest value may be in helping people to get to know their neighbors and feel connected. In addition to reducing burglaries, neighborhood watches can provide designated block parents and safe houses for local children, help lost pets find their way home, and provide a head start for organizing and responding to other crisis situations like natural disasters and medical issues. When you or a neighbor wear your logo products you could be sending an important message about how to find someone trained and available to help in an emergency.

At EmbroidMe San Diego, we are happy to assist you with any branded apparel or promotional items you and your neighborhood watch will need. Contact us today to discuss how you can use logo goods to raise awareness and promote your cause.