About Neighbourhood Watch
What is Neighbourhood Watch?
A program encouraging neighbours to watch out for neighbours and their property during times when burglaries and other crimes are most likely to occur.
It is a community based self help program aimed at reducing the incidence of preventable crime.
Why is it needed?
A Police Officer on patrol may not know what is normal in your street and may not recognise a stranger in your yard.
You and your neighbours are in a position to observe and report anything of a suspicious nature to Police.
For example, as we go about our daily routines, we have the opportunity to casually observe the neighbourhood. Such observations may be useful in keeping children away from vacant houses, reporting abandoned cars, or alerting neighbours and police to suspicious persons in the area. These examples are few, but it is important to realise that criminals find it difficult to operate in areas where people take an active role in preventing crime.
No police force can effectively protect life and property without the active support and cooperation of the people it serves. Every resident should participate in Neighbourhood Watch.
How does it work?
Neighbourhood Watch works through mutual cooperation and communication between neighbours.
Neighbourhood Watch asks you to be the eyes of ears for your neighbours, to be more involved with your neighbours and their property by becoming more aware and alert to the activity in your immediate residential area.
For Neighbourhood Watch to be totally effective, each resident must take an active role in home security improvement and observation.
A network is encouraged to be observant and aware of the comings of goings in a street, apply common-sense security precautions and report all suspicious activities to police.