Brad Greer fears Neighbourhood Watch could be lost to the community.
Brad Greer fears Neighbourhood Watch could be lost to the community. Chrissy Harris

Community crime watch decline?

DO YOU want to help promote crime prevention and reduce crime rates in Gladstone?

Crime prevention must start with someone but the Neighbourhood Watch Gladstone committee is suffering from a lack of community support.

The group is sending out one last plea to the community for committee members before they have to close their doors for good.

Neighbourhood Watch is a committee of citizens who work alongside local police to keep crime down and make life safer for residents.

All you have to do is attend a few meetings and occassionally help out with displays and community education. It has been proven that areas with Neighbourhood Watch have less crime than other areas. Members of Neighbourhood Watch derive great satisfaction from their involvement.

It is expected committee members will only have to volunteer around three hours every month depending on the level of activity generated within the program. Area co-ordinator Brad Greer said the committee needed people with drive, ideas and motivation.

“The community need to take ownership of this not-for-profit organisation and be available to attend meetings,” he said.

Neighbourhood Watch will hold a stall on Saturday, October 16, for Crime Prevention Week and discussions will be held after this to see if it is still viable to keep the group or to shut the doors for good.

The next Neighbourhood Watch meeting is on at 10am on Thursday, September 9, in the McDonald’s meeting room.

Everyone is welcome and anyone interested in joining can call Brad Greer on 0419 244 245. 



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