Watch patrols trouble spots

2017-08-15 06:03
A screw driver, found during the midnight patrols, is believed to be used for car break-ins in Maitland.

A screw driver, found during the midnight patrols, is believed to be used for car break-ins in Maitland.

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Members of the Maitland Neighbourhood Watch are having sleepless nights following a rise in the number of car break-ins and theft in Steen and Bodmin streets.

About two weeks ago the neighbourhood watch invited residents to join its midnight patrols in this area.

Watch secretary Graham Daniels says they work closely with 11 residents from the affected areas. He says they work three shifts a night, starting from 02:00 to 05:00, with each group patrolling for an hour.

“For the past three weeks we noticed a high rise in car break-ins and theft and we decided to do something different as a community, focusing on the mostly affected areas,” says Daniels.

He says the patrol revealed that people walk at that time of the night, and some of the walkers were found with weapons and drugs. He says one person was taken in for questioning.

He says: “The visibility has helped. There has been no car break-ins since we started.”

He says criminals have been mostly targeting batteries of Mercedes Benz and Opel cars.

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