Neighbourhood Watch is a voluntary community program supported by Victoria Police. Its basic goal is the continuous improvement in the level of community safety, and its accent is on the prevention of crime, not the apprehension of criminals.
To be more specific, the goals of the Neighbourhood Watch Program are to:
- Minimise the incidence of preventable crime
- Increase the reporting of crime and suspicious behaviour
- Improve personal and household security through educational programs
- Reduce fear of crime
- Deter criminal activity by increasing the probability of apprehension
- Expand the program’s involvement in wider community safety and crime prevention initiatives.
Somers Neighbourhood Watch consists of a small group of local volunteers concerned with maintaining the safety of our village. Meetings are held twice yearly, at the Somers Country Fire Association, in February and November, (which is also our AGM). A police liaison officer from Hastings attends each meeting and provides us with the local crime statistics and discusses any issues or concerns. If you are Somers resident, we invite you to join us at one of our meetings.
Our newsletter, published 4 times a year, informs residents about the number and nature of incidents of local crime, as well as crime prevention and personal safety information. The crime statistics are highly valued by locals. The raised community awareness and reporting recent played a significant part in helping to stop a disturbing outbreak of crime in the village.
Email has now become an important way of disseminating our newsletters to residents but some copies are still printed and distributed at the local General Store and Post Office.
If you would like to be on our mailing list contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newsletter printing is provided free of charge by Galaxy Print and Design, and other expenses are funded by local advertisers, for which we are extremely grateful.
Co-ordinator Somers NHW
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