It takes many different people, working together to successfully build Neighbourhood Watch and promote its philosophy.
Neighbourhood Watch is a program where neighbours unite and work together.
We believe that a safe neighbourhood is one where neighbours know each other, share information with each other, are familiar with their local environment and report all suspicious and criminal activity to Police.
The simplest and easiest way to be involved in Neighbourhood Watch is to promote our philosophy.
The NHW program is simply getting to know your neighbours, looking out for each other and reporting suspicious activity to police.
By following a few simple steps, everyone can promote the Neighbourhood Watch philosophy –
1. Get to know your neighbours. Introduce yourself with our Knock Knock cards. Use our resources to introduce the idea of creating a Neighbourhood Watch network with your neighbours.
2. Swap contact information or set up a communication network on a social media platform such as Messenger, WhatsApp or Facebook.
3. Sign up to a WA Police Force Facebook page or Twitter account to stay informed on what is happening in your community.
4. Use our safety checklist in our Neighbourhood Watch brochure to make your home and apartment less inviting to would be intruders.
5. Contact NHW WA for resources to share with your neighbours.
6. Follow our crime prevention tips below -
Neighbours should know what is normal in their neighbourhood and what is out of the ordinary. Neighbourhood Watch does not want you to spy on your neighbour. We want you to be concerned for the safety of your neighbourhood. Spend time out in your community and become familiar with your local environment.
Communication is the key – knowing who your neighbours are and acknowledging them. Waving and saying hello can deter an outsider, as well as signifying that you are communicating and watching out for one another. Good neighbours also acknowledge those people they don’t know. Thus letting potential intruders know that they have been seen and observed potentially reducing the opportunity for crime to occur.
Report suspicious activity to Police. Police can not respond to community problems if they are not made aware of them. If your instinct is telling you something doesn't feel right – it probably isn't.
Knowledge is a powerful positive tool and helps prevent crime. Sharing information with Police and your neighbours helps build awareness and connects a neighbourhood. Crime prevention is everyone's business and everyone has the potential to be a key in building a safer neighbourhood.