Neighbourhood Watch is a program to help neighbours watch out for neighbours. Getting involved is easy. It is as simple as getting to know your neighbours and exchanging contact information. The program combats crime in the most effective way – before it starts – by reducing the opportunities for crime to occur.
Your neighbours know who you are, what type of car you drive, and may be the first to notice a suspicious person at your door or window. A police officer on patrol are not always aware of the normal comings and goings in your street.
You and your neighbours are in a position to observe strangers and/or strange behaviour and report these suspicions to police. By simply getting to know the neighbours around you, you will be well positioned to recognise someone or something that’s suspicious. Crime prevention is everyone’s business. Residents of a community are all responsible for its protection.
Neighbourhood Watch is a method of reducing crime by encouraging you to learn how to recognise and report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, and how to make your home less inviting as a target for thieves. Neighbourhood Watch is a good way to start conversations in your community and build safe, strong, caring, connected and happy communities!
It takes many different people, working together to successfully build Neighbourhood Watch and promote its philosophy.
The simplest and easiest way to promote the Neighbourhood Watch philosophy is as a Participant.
Not everyone in a street or a local community may wish to formally join a Stutong NW group or get actively involved in Stutong NW activities. The NW program is still accessible by simply getting to know your neighbours, looking out for each other, reporting suspicious activity to police and so on.
By following a few simple steps, everyone can promote the Neighbourhood Watch philosophy –
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.
For more information on the Stutong Neighbourhood Watch, please contact 082-361958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org