THE presence of a Neighbourhood Watch group in a Waterline town has seen crime plummet so dramatically in the town that police are urging people to volunteer in other areas, too.
In the past month, Coronet Bay recorded just two crimes. But it’s the highest crime rate in months and police say it’s thanks to the Neighbourhood Watch group.
“You’ve hit it on the head,” said San Remo Police Station Commander Bruce Kent at a public meeting last week.
“This group is something fantastic. This town had a huge crime rate before the group was formed, which was mostly opportunistic crime, but those crime figures have dropped.”
In May, there were two reported crimes in the town – the attempted theft of a truck and criminal damage to a window. The attempted theft showed evidence of wheel marks from a truck that tried to steal it.
But elsewhere in the Waterline area, there’s been a reported stolen hot water service, a theft of a number plate in Corinella, theft from a garage in Tenby Point and a burglary in an unoccupied home in Grantville.
Most property thefts in the Waterline area are from unoccupied homes, highlighting the importance of looking out for your neighbours.
Neighbourhood Watch secretary Sue Linley encourages people to share their mobile numbers, if they’re comfortable, with their neighbours.
“Then if you see something suspicious, you can call them and they might tell you that yes, their son is loading up the ute.
“But if not, then you can call the police.”
Sue said since the inception of the Neighbourhood Watch group, more people are locking their cars.
“There was originally some complacency in the town around unlocked cars, but that’s changed and we’ve seen a decrease in crime,” she said.
“These meetings also keep a good connection with the local police. We’d love to have more people come on-board.”
The group’s expecting to host its annual general meeting later this year, but needs to fill committee positions to ensure it can continue.
Mr Kent encouraged people to volunteer so the group could continue its work.
Want to volunteer? Call Ivan Bradshaw on 5678 0663.