What is Neighbourhood Watch?

Neighbourhood Watch is about maintaining a safe community and protecting ourselves and our neighbours from falling victim to criminal elements. Its aim is to get citizens involved in discouraging and preventing crime at the local level. The ultimate success of Neighbourhood Watch depends largely on communication between area residents and the police – and more importantly, between residents themselves.

I just happened to notice a stranger pull into my neighbour’s driveway, when I knew that he and his wife were both away at work. As soon as I lifted the curtain, the guy got right back into his car and drove off. Possible a coincidence, but I noted his license number – just in case.” Retiree, Alta Vista, Ottawa

The above information comes from the Ottawa Police Service’s website. You can access the information about Neighbourhood Watch by going to:

http://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/crime_prevention/neighbourhood_watch/index.cfm

Since we started organizing Neighbourhood Watch in the fall of 2008, we have had mixed results with regards to getting our neighbours to fill out and return the NW forms. Without the completed forms being returned, it is difficult to demonstrate to the Neighbourhood Watch organization that we have broad-based support here in the community. Without broad-based support, we can’t get signage posted strategically throughout the neighbourhood. The signage will act as a visible deterrent to ne’er-do-wells by proclaiming our collective interest in maintaining a safe community.

If you have a form, please complete it and contact Colin to arrange to have it picked up. If you would like to fill out a form, please contact Colin to get one. People who have already identified themselves as wanting to perform the roles of Block Captains are encouraged to canvass their blocks to get their neighbours to complete the forms.

There will be a Neighbourhood Watch meeting on Thursday, June 18, 2009. If interested in attending, please RSVP before Monday, June 16 by e-mailing Colin MacLean at cmaclean_esl@yahoo.com or by phoning 613-863-5101. The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Heron Park Community Centre on Clover Street. The meeting will be used to explain how NW will function here in Heron Park and what we still need to do to get it established.

Colin MacLean

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Posted on June 2, 2009, in Heron Park News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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