Watch out for oth­ers

NEIGH­BOUR­HOOD WATCH NEEDS MORE MEM­BERS

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Hay­den Thom­son

WE WANT MORE PEO­PLE TO JUMP ON BOARD . . . WE CAN HELP AD­DRESS THE CRIME RATE. — PETER EADE

Neigh­bour­hood Watch is alive and well and new Greater Shep­par­ton Neigh­bour­hood Watch chair­man Peter Eade is en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be­come in­volved.

‘‘Neigh­bour­hood Watch is alive and well . . . the sooner peo­ple re­alise that, the bet­ter,’’ he said.

In Co­bram, more than 70 peo­ple are in­volved in the Neigh­bour­hood Watch group, but in the Greater Shep­par­ton re­gion there are just over 10.

‘‘We want more peo­ple to jump on board . . . we can help ad­dress the crime rate,’’ Mr Eade said.

On Fri­day night, vol­un­teers held a com­mu­nity bar­be­cue on Park­side Dve, Shep­par­ton, with Shep­par­ton po­lice Crime Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cer Glenn Gib­son.

‘‘We fixed safe plates on cars, en­graved push bikes with iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers and gave out some free snags,’’ Mr Eade said.

The group meets with po­lice on a bi-monthly ba­sis to give res­i­dents a chance to ex­press their thoughts — act­ing as a con­duit.

Mr Eade said in the past few weeks the groups had done more than 400 let­ter box drops to spread the NHW mes­sage.

‘‘Check on your neigh­bours and make sure you’re all aware of sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour . . . just talk,’’ he said. ● For in­for­ma­tion about Neigh­bour­hood Watch and to find your lo­cal group visit nhw­con­nect.com.au

Com­mu­nity-minded: Neigh­bour­hood Watch vol­un­teers Heather Lees, Jan Mirtschin, Peter Eade and Doug Lees at the bar­be­cue.

Safety drive: Shep­par­ton po­lice Crime Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cer Glenn Gib­son fixes two-way safety screws on cars at the event.

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