City of Canning spreads Neighbourhood Watch message

Community Safety Liason Officer Warren Alexander, Canning Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer Brian Gale with Constable Elphick from Canningvale Police Station. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Community Safety Liason Officer Warren Alexander, Canning Neighbourhood Watch Volunteer Brian Gale with Constable Elphick from Canningvale Police Station. Picture: Matt Jelonek

THE City of Canning played a role in the inaugural National Neighbourhood Watch Week by meeting and greeting the community with representatives from the police.

Neighbourhood Watch is a community-based, crime prevention organisation that aims to reduce localised crime and fear of crime by promoting community engagement among residents and the week sought to raise awareness about the program and how people can get involved.

Set in Lynwood Village shopping centre, police and volunteers were on hand to speak with the community about safety and crime prevention.

Neighbourhood Watch state director and president of Neighbourhood Watch Australasia Bernie Durkin said Neighbourhood Watch Week was about raising awareness on the program and how it can benefit residents.

“The idea behind the campaign is to raise awareness and show how easily it can be adapted to suit local community needs,” he said.

“Participation in Neighbourhood Watch can help people feel more connected, and improve personal safety and home security.”

Anyone interested in receiving local crime information and crime prevention tips, can subscribe to ewatch by visiting www.ewatch.com.au.

Community members can also download the new NHW Connect smart phone app or follow Neighbourhood Watch WA on Facebook.

For further information regarding Neighbourhood Watch, or to find out how you can start conversations in your neighbourhood, please visit www.nhw.wa.gov.au.