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Neighbourhood Watch Week October 3-9
October 3, 2016 - October 9, 2016
Neighbourhood Watch Australasia launched its first ever national awareness week yesterday in a bid to boost community awareness and involvement in the program.
The inaugural Neighbourhood Watch Week will run from October 3–9, seeing local Neighbourhood Watch Groups across Queensland host over 80 activities, including stalls at local supermarkets, hardware outlets, markets, other events, as well as morning and afternoon teas along with open information sessions.
Inspector Les Bulluss, Manager of Community Programs and Engagement, Queensland Police Service, said Neighbourhood Watch helps bring local communities and police together to address local issues and help create community solutions.
“By getting involved in this week’s events and activities, you can help make your Neighbourhood Watch work for you.”
The Queensland Police Service has supported Neighbourhood Watch Queensland since its introduction in 1988 as a community based program designed to reduce localised crime and the fear of crime. Inspector Bulluss said the program has a range of additional benefits to police when run effectively in local communities.
“Participation in Neighbourhood Watch helps people feel more connected within their community, and helps people improve their personal safety and home security,” Inspector Bullus said.
“Importantly for police, when Neighbourhood Watch is running effectively in a local community, we’re more likely to receive reports of criminal or suspicious activity and the quality of the information we receive improves.”
Neighbourhood Watch Week is designed to boost Neighbourhood Watch Queensland membership and encourage positive engagement between police and the community.
The Queensland community are encouraged to get involved during Neighbourhood Watch Week. Community members wanting to find out more regarding Neighbourhood Watch and their local events, should visit the Neighbourhood Watch Queensland website at www.nhwq.org or the Neighbourhood Watch Australasia website at www. nhwa.com.au.
The Caboolture Neighbourhood Watch Site is also available and can be viewed any time concerning local events and news