FIGHT­ING CRIME ON­LINE

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Saskia Adysti

Katan­ning po­lice have launched an on­line crime-fight­ing tool that will en­able bet­ter con­nec­tion with res­i­dents to help tackle of­fend­ing.

Katan­ning po­lice have launched an on­line tool to help fight crime with the help of res­i­dents.

Ewatch is a web­site where lo­cals would be able to con­nect to their lo­cal po­lice via an email-based sys­tem, to track down crime and be proac­tive in keep­ing the com­mu­nity safer.

This free on­line ser­vice of­fi­cially started in Katan­ning last week and is sup­ported by Katan­ning po­lice, Katan­ning Neigh­bour­hood Watch and the Shire of Katan­ning.

Katan­ning res­i­dents will need to fill in an on­line form avail­able from the ewatch web­site to join and be­come a mem­ber.

Once done, they will au­to­mat­i­cally re­ceive free monthly ar­ti­cles from po­lice, Neigh­bour­hood Watch and the Shire on com­mu­nity safety is­sues.

Katan­ning Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Ju­lian Mur­phy said ewatch was an op­por­tu­nity for the Shire to work more closely with Katan­ning po­lice and the lo­cal Neigh­bour­hood Watch group.

“I would en­cour­age every­one to sign up for ewatch to re­ceive the monthly email news­let­ter which has in­for­ma­tion on trends, ini­tia­tives, emerg­ing is­sues and com­mu­nity events,” he said.

“It’s a good way for lo­cal peo­ple to stay in­formed and get in­volved with what’s hap­pen­ing in the Katan­ning com­mu­nity.”

To join ewatch and re­ceive reg­u­lar email updates on lo­cal crime trends and sta­tis­tics, safety ini­tia­tives, emerg­ing is­sues and com­mu­nity safety is­sues from the shire, visit ewatch.com.au.

Pic­ture: Saskia Adysti

Con­sta­bles Rob Gaynor (back) and Cam John­son.

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