Neighbourhood Watch WA met Rob from Talia Drive, Stirling when he sent a request via Facebook for bin stickers to distribute in his street. In this brief exchange Rob shared that the street has a very social, friendly and cooperative group of neighbours who actively work together to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. The neighbours use WhatsApp to share information and coordinate their Neighbourhood Watch activities and Rob was keen to share the story of their success.
The street had one house……one problem house where neighbours started noticing suspicious activity including cars driving slowly past, a lot of different cars parked at the house, and the strange behaviour displayed from the visitors. This resulted in the residents working together to gather as much information as they could on the visitors including days, times, detailed information on the cars and many reports were made to the Police and the local Council. It was discovered that the house was rented and the owner of the home was also contacted and joined in the collaboration to evict the tenant from the house.
The process was long and did involve court appearances however, this collaboration never wavered and as a consequence of the dedicated neighbours the tenant finally moved out.
“This is a beautiful street, with beautiful neighbours and we don’t want any illegal activity to tarnish our neighbourhood.” Bob said. “Since we started the group, our neighbours have improved their security and we now have much of the street covered by CCTV.”
“If someone needs help, they just ask through the group and people respond.” Knowing our neighbours are there for us adds value to our neighbourhood and everyone feels safer because of it”.
The street will be celebrating Christmas with a BBQ in the park across the road which will be a regular activity on their social calendar.
The street is well and truly reflective of the NHW philosophy of neighbours knowing each other, sharing information, helping each other and reporting information to Police. Well done Rob and thank you for sharing your story with us.