03/18/09 10:52am

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH SIGNS: THREAT OR MENACE? “I live in a subdivision (ex-urb) in the Greater Houston Area. My neighbors and I are thinking about organizing a Neighborhood Watch program for our subdivision. We are a newer subdivision, with many houses left to build and sell. We want to purchase and place Neighborhood Watch signs along some of the streets in our subdivision. Now here is our dilemma: will putting up these signs scare off new home buyers? Or will it give them confidence in our communities’ security by knowing we have an active NW program? We certainly don’t want to scare off new buyers with our signs, but at the same time, we want to send a message to the bad guys that our subdivision is on watch for them.” [Swamplot inbox]