Crime-watch groups and vigilantism

A glance at the December issue of The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice: Crime-watch groups and vigilantism

Civilian crime-prevention programs like Neighborhood Watch and Street Watch are of questionable legitimacy because of their potential for vigilantism, which in turn compromises the validity of the police, writes Kate Williams, a research fellow in criminal-justice policy at the University of Central England, in Birmingham.

About 20,000 such programs have been