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Neighborhood Watch
Neighborhood Watch

What is a neighborhood watch?
The Neighborhood Watch program is the most effective means available for keeping
crime of our neighbourhoods. It relies on the best crime-fighting tool ever; a good
neighbour.
A good neighbourhood can be found anywhere;
Cattle posts.

  • Lands
  • Apartment buildings.
  • Towns
  • Cities
  • Villages.
  • Wards.
  • Location
  • Extensions

Definition

Neighbourhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation
of residents in co-operation with the police to reduce the incidence and fear of crime
in their communities. It involves neighbours getting to know each other to develop a
program of mutual assistance. The success of this idea hinges on the understanding that
it is the people who live, work and play in a neighbourhood who understand their area’s
resources, problems and needs.
It involves neighbours being educated in crime reporting, suspect identification and crime prevention techniques. Members of the neighbourhood are sensitized to keep watchful eyes on neighbour’s homes and be alert to any suspicious or unusual activity that is occurring close to home.

Why Neighborhood Watch?

This concept is preferred over many others because the community has the primary responsibility for fighting crime. The most effective approach to fighting crime is a proactive one; stopping it before it occurs. This can only happen when neighbours cooperate with each other to assist the police. It is only the neighbours who know what is
going on in their midst.

Committed Neighbourhood Watch members place stickers on gates, windows and post Neighbourhood Watch signs on streets, warning criminals that they are in active Neighbourhood Watch community, and that “neighbours are watching out for each other”.

How to Report a Crime?

A five minute delay can ruin the chances of apprehending a suspect. It is very important to call immediately.

• Eye witness information is the key to solving many crimes. Statements such as

“Nna gadi nkame”, “Ke tshaba bo supi”, “Ke tiro ya mapodise” have no room in the Neighbourhood Watch setting.

• Tell the police as much as you can. No fact is trivial.

• In many cases, what victims and witnesses tell the police about the criminal has resulted in an arrest and a conviction.

Question to be asked when reporting

The Police will ask you the following questions when reporting a crime.

• What are your full names, physical address and telephone?

• Who, what, when and where?

• How many suspects were there?

• Can you describe the suspects?

• Can you describe their vehicles?

• What language did they speak?

• What nationality was the suspect?

• What was the time?

• How can you identify your stolen items?

• Their vehicles registration numbers?

• Descriptions of the weapon used?

• What did they do?8

• What did they take?

• What did they say?

• Where did they go and many others?

Due to limited resources and personnel or a heavy emergency call load, the police may not respond immediately. They have to priorities their responses based on apparent danger to human life. Do not be discouraged. They will get to you as soon as possible.

Being a witness

• Once you have reported a crime, stick with it.

• Being a witness in court is not as much troublesome as you may think. You will be provided with transport and day care services whilst at court.

• It pays to prosecute; many criminals who are arrested for property crimes are convicted, thus removing their ability to commit crime by incarceration.

 

Toll Free Numbers (call free)

The fifteen (15) police districts and a few stations have each been installed with a toll free number Members of the community are invited to fully utilize this initiatives to alert the police whenever there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an individual is in the possession of illegal handguns or explosives and report to the nearest District commander, Station commander or Unit commander.

  • Provide contacts, i.e. telephone.
  • Reporter’s identity will be protected.
  • You will not be called to give evidence in court and will be accorded the utmost confidentiality.
  • Provide names of the suspect, if known.
  • Description of the vehicle used, residential area and how/where the weapon has been concealed.
  • Call 999 in case of emergency.
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