Watch out for others
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NEEDS MORE MEMBERS
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.