Town Watch committees can be very effective in providing peace of mind to its residents and to maintaining property values. Such groups are active and effective in homeowner association settings in New Jersey and across the country. However, in light of recent events, particularly in Florida in which a young man was shot and killed by a homeowner association town watch volunteer, it is particularly important for homeowner associations to have written procedures in place with regard to the formation of such committees, recruitment and background checks of volunteers, and appropriate training and performance of those volunteers. In addition, the association must make sure its liability insurance provider is aware of these written policies and that appropriate coverage is provided for the activities of the committee members. It goes without saying that no volunteer member of a town watch committee should ever carry a weapon while on town watch duty.