Whether community members officially join Neighborhood Watch or just become more aware, Reed says that is enough to make a difference in crime.

"Know what's normal for your neighborhood, because if you saw a police officer drive by right now, he wouldn't know what's normal for this neighborhood, but you do," he said. "You, on that local level can tell what sticks out and what's right."

To become a member of Neighborhood Watch, citizens can register for a training session on their website.