Neighbourhood Watch is a community based crime prevention program which aims to improve the quality of life within a neighbourhood by minimizing preventable crime and promoting closer community ties.
The strategy is simple: residents simply look out for each other and for any suspicious activities.
If you see a stranger in the neighbourhood, ask if you can be of help or what they’re looking for. If burglars are casing the area, the questions might be enough to scare them off.
If you spot anything unusual or potentially threatening, notify your neighbours and the police. It’s still up to the police to confront suspicious individuals and make any necessary arrests.
If you really want to be neighbourly, here’s an idea for maintaining security when your house is empty. Burglars often ring the bell to see if anyone’s home. If you’re away for long periods, talk to your next door neighbour about installing an inexpensive remote doorbell transmitter, so the bell will ring in the next house. This way, if a burglar rings the bell of a vacant house, the neighbour can look out the window or door and see who’s there. No burglar wants to be seen. It’s a bit of an unusual idea, but, hey, what are neighbours for!
Crime Stoppers reminds everyone to lock your garages, sheds and especially your backdoors. The increased activity in our neighbourhoods with lawn care services, pool services and other seasonal work around homes it makes it very easy for criminals to blend into the surroundings and target and unprepared homeowner.
Let your neighbours know if you are going to have workers at your home and let them know when you are going to be away. If you notice any unusually activity or persons please contact the police immediately. Together we can keep our neighbouhoods safe.