Watches unite to strengthen the fight

2015-05-19 06:00
Neighbourhood watches from Lansdowne, Athlone and Surrey Estate met in Lansdowne on Friday. They are linking together to share information and resources.

Neighbourhood watches from Lansdowne, Athlone and Surrey Estate met in Lansdowne on Friday. They are linking together to share information and resources.

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Apart from taking to the street and protecting their communities, neighbourhood watches from Lansdowne, Athlone and Surrey Estate have formed a inter-suburb group so that they can pool resources when the need arises.

Lansdowne police spokesperson Captain Allen Manuel says the neighbourhood watches have linked themselves via social media “in order to share intelligence and sensitise each other of possible threats and suspects crossing over into neighbouring areas”.

“The neighbourhood watch coordinators meet on a regular basis to share ideas, experiences and possible threats that they experience during patrols.

“The briefing session is also followed by an information session informing neighbourhood watches of their rights and to build positive partnerships with the local police and other neighbourhood watches,” Manuel says.

Manuel adds despite rainy weather on Friday, volunteers came out in droves.

“The rain could not keep these volunteers away. The cross-border teams met at the BP garage in Imam Haroon Road, Lansdowne to exchange ideas and best practice and to get to know members from other neighbourhood watches. The briefing was attended by 100 representatives from these neighbourhood watches,” he explains.

After the information session members of the neighbourhood watches and the police drove in convoy to hotspot areas to show criminals “we are taking back our streets and we are united”

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