Watching out for your neighbours
The police tell us that community safety is up to all of us, not just the men and women in uniform. That’s the idea behind Neighbourhood Watch, a proven program for reducing break-ins and other neighbourhood crime.
- The strategy is simple: residents simply look out for each other and for any suspicious activities. Your police department will assess your community needs and help you set up the program. The neighbours decide on which one of them will be the contact for the police. But all you really have to do is be alert to what’s going on in your neighbourhood.
- 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 suspidous individuals and make any necessary arrests.
Courtesy The McLennan Group.