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What is Community Watch?

 

Community Watch is a crime prevention program that involves citizens working with each other and with the police to reduce crime and victimization in their communities. It involves:

 

  • Watch volunteers act as extra eyes and ears for the affected area looking out for crimes whether they are minor or major, in the form of anti social behaviour to a possible burglar running past them. The watch volunteers are trained to give detailed description of persons and their activity.

 

  • To reduce fear of crime in the area by being an extra contact point to the police and by using the patrols in the area effectively

 

  • To reduce calls for service by educating which agencies are needed for which offence, e.g fly tipping is a council matter, assaults a police matter, nuisance noise a council matter.

 

  • Citizens protecting themselves and their property by using common sense crime prevention practices.

 

  • Neighbours getting to know each other, watching out for each other and acting on or reporting suspicious behaviour.

 

  • Watch volunteers working with local groups and partners and most importantly the police to make entire communities safe and free from crime.

 

Why start a Community Watch?

 

Because Law enforcement officers cannot be on every street corner and park 24/7, volunteer involvement is necessary to combat crime. You and your neighbours are really the ones who know what is going on in the area and in your community. By cooperating with each other and with the police we can help fight crime in the most effective way.

A community watch is also an effective way of communication and educating what crime is, how to prevent it, and to reduce the fear of crime.

 

Community watch works

 

The goal of community watch is to make criminals aware that every move they make is being watched and will be reported to the police and to make users of the area feel safer and more comfortable.

 

 

 

 

 

Making Community Watch work

 

As well as the regular patrols by volunteers and increased communication with the police eventually as the Community Watch develops and evolves and grows we can work together on projects such as community clean up, diversionary tactics for the trouble causers etc.

 

REMEMBER: criminals gravitate to places where they feel safe and secure. They avoid places where they are likely to get caught.

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