Neighbourhood Watch Week 2016

Community members gather for Neighbourhood Watch Week 3-9 October 2016

ACT Policing has joined Neighbourhood Watch ACT to show their support for the inaugural Neighbourhood Watch Week 2016 (3-9 October).

Neighbourhood Watch is a community-based, crime prevention organisation that aims to reduce localised crime and fear of crime by promoting and coordinating approaches to crime prevention, problem solving and community engagement.

ACT Policing has proudly supported Neighbourhood Watch since its inception in 1984. The program is one of a range of crime prevention and community safety strategies currently in use within the ACT.

Officer-in-Charge Community Safety Detective Station Sergeant Jason Kennedy said Neighbourhood Watch Week is about raising awareness, encouraging community members to join and learn about the benefits of belonging to their local NHW group.

“Local residents can contribute significantly to community policing programs by joining or starting up a local Neighbourhood Watch group.

“In addition to crime prevention, connecting with neighbours can also address social isolation and the adverse impacts on general health and wellbeing of individuals, and the community as a whole,” Station Sergeant Kennedy said.

Neighbourhood Watch ACT will be holding four stalls across Canberra on Saturday 8 October from 10am-1pm at Gungahlin, Kippax, Erindale and Lanyon. 

ACT Policing members will be in attendance at the four stalls handing out free Safe Plate screws to assist people in preventing number plate theft.

For further information regarding Neighbourhood Watch in the ACT, or to find out how you can join a local program, please visit: http://www.nhwact.com.au 

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