Neighbourhood Watch sets a new net

Brian Holley from Yamba Neighbourhood Watch.
Brian Holley from Yamba Neighbourhood Watch.

A DISTINCT lack of community interest has combined with falling crime rates to undermine Yamba's Neighbourhood Watch, but the internet may offer a fresh conduit for people to interact with the local police.

The decline in community participation in Yamba's Neighbourhood Watch group reached rock bottom at the annual general meeting last month when no-one but the organising committee attended, president Brian Holley said

At its peak 10 years ago around 20 people attended each meeting, and until recently it was not uncommon to have eight to 10, he said.

While apathy and general lack of interest in community groups was part of the problem, so was a continuing reduction in crime rates.

"Petty crime was a much bigger issue in Yamba when I first got here 10 years ago," Mr Holley said.

The launch of Project Eyewatch by NSW Police could offer the community another, more accessible avenue to help fight crime.

Mr Holley said because it is internet-based and available from home it would suit busy people who can't always get to meetings.

Project Eyewatch facts

Eyewatch is internet-based and provides two-way communication between the police and the community.

Residents can get involved in crime prevention activities online in their own homes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Due to be launched in the Clarence Valley later this year.

Topics:  community, neighbourhood watch, police, yamba



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