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Cane Grove Neighbourhood Watch in action

Cane Grove Neighbourhood Watch in action

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Tue, Nov 27, 2012

Residents of Cane Grove are taking steps to make their community safer by establishing the Cane Grove Neighbourhood Watch initiative.{{more}}

On November 19, Assistant Superintendent of Police Jonathan Nichols and Inspector Hawkins Nanton of the Police Public Relations and Complaints Department met with the residents at Cane Grove Resource Centre.

Nichols, head of the Police Public Relations and Complaints Department, facilitated the session.

He discussed the history of neighbourhood watch programmes, their structure, role of members and the task that they should fulfil after being set up.

“A neighbourhood watch is not about talk. You have to take action,” said Nichols.

He, however, explained that while the group’s members should be vigilant, “It does not encourage people to be vigilantes.”

He encouraged the residents to develop close links with the police and to set up a network that they can used to contact each other immediately.

The residents were encouraged to conduct surveys on fear of crime, carry out awareness initiatives, and inform the police as quickly as possible when they suspect any criminal activity in their community.

“Promote home security, reduce fear of crime, support families under stress to help them avoid getting into trouble and reduce conflicts between neighbours, leading to greater cooperation and better relations,” Nichols said.

The next meeting is scheduled for December 8 at 5:30 p.m. The community is also planning to erect signs in the neighbourhood and have an official launch early next year.

(Police Public Relations and Complaints Dept.)

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