Starting up a Neighbourhood Watch

By Ellen Dove

There are increasing reports of crime in our neighbourhoods in Harare. Although the police continue seeking ways to keep us safe, there are things we can do to prevent crime and deter criminals. Have you considered a Neighbourhood Watch

Red and white drums on the road are a sign of an active Neighbourhood Watch. Where you see these find out how you can support.

 Here are some top tips for those wishing to set up a neighbourhood watch

  1. Have a residents’ meeting and choose a committee. 
  2. A spokesperson from the committee can visit the local Police Station and Community Relations Liaison Officer (CRLO) office with a mapped boundary of the area to be part of the Neighbourhood Watch. 
  3. Set up social media platforms with residents which is an effective tool for communication and accountability. 
  4. Seek out other successful Neighbourhood Watches to share practical ideas for encouragement.
  5. Your Neighbourhood Watch is strengthened with strong community involvement which also improves its effectiveness. 
  6. Don’t allow the support to fall away! Setting it up again is harder than starting out. 
  7. Remember to follow sound advice for your own safety and improve your own personal home security.

Remember that a Neighbourhood Watch requires passion for the community, a fair amount of consistent dedication towards setting it up and a team of energetic people with enthusiasm towards maintaining it. 

 CCC members from various areas came together to patrol in Borrowdale, Avondale. Marlborough, Ruwa, Highlands and Rhodesville to bring presence and awareness of community efforts to lower crime. 

Ellen Dove is the Vice Chairperson of both the Borrowdale Crime Consultative Committee (BCCC)  and Greystone Park Security Neighbourhood Watch (GPSNW)

Copyright : Ndeipi Magazine Issue 116

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