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NEIGHBOURS WATCHING OUT FOR NEIGHBOURS

The Neighbourhood Watch Program is a proactive concept designed to reduce residential break and enters and other
property crimes within a community.
Through increased awareness and crime prevention tips, participating community members are encouraged to develop good security habits and to watch out for each others property. A police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger inside your yard or an unusual vehicle in your neighbourhood, but your neighbours would.

Neighbourhood Watch is a free, community-based, crime prevention program administered & funded by the Deer Lake Crime Prevention Committee
Our aim is to help residents organize their neighbourhoods
to prevent crime in the community. Participants watch out for their neighbour's property and report suspicious activities to the Police. Neighbourhood Watch provides general home security tips, window stickers and informative newsletters. Neighbourhood Watch is a great way to get to know your neighbours and is a cornerstone to a safe and vibrant community. For more information, please call
DEER LAKE CRIME PREVENTION COMMITTEE
                  Gus Adams (President}

KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN
Neighbourhood Watch
IF IT`S NOT NORMAL, TAKE A SECOND LOOK!

KEEP A FREQUENT CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBOUR`S PROPERTY. IT COULD PREVENT A CRIME FROM HAPPENING.

Neighbourhood Watch Signs
Neighbourhood Watch Sign
Clara, Gus, Bill and Louise putting up the first sign.

One of our largest projects is the Neighbourhood Watch Program. It is now in the final stages and will take the co-operation of all the town citizens to make it work.

Neighbourhood Watch Signs
Erecting NW Sign
Gus Adams, Bill Hayden and Louise Bickford

Erecting another sign

WORKING ON THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH PROGRAM
Organizing Neighbourhood Watch Material
ORGANIZING MATERIAL FOR DOOR TO DOOR CAMPAIGN

Getting ready for the Door to Door Campaign

HOW IT WORKS

The program works through mutual aid Neighbourhood Watch members look out for their neighbour's home and property.

WATCH FOR

Suspicious persons or activities.
Vehicles passing by numerous times, suspiciously parked, or constantly travelling in back lanes. Strangers in your neighbourhood. Someone may use an unanswered doorbell as an indication that no one is home, and use the opportunity to break into the house.
The person "taking a short-cut" through a yard.
Strange vehicles parked at your neighbour's house.

If you see something suspicious don't assume someone else has called the police. It is your neighbourhood if you see something you feel is suspicious Take Action and do something about it. Note the description of the suspicious person and/or vehicle and call the police immediately 635-2173in Deer Lake or your local Police detachment. If you see an actual crime in progress, immediately telephone the RCMP at the above number or the province-wide emergency number 1-800-709-7267 and report this incident to the police. Do not confront any suspicious persons yourself or attempt an arrest, as your safety could be jeopardized. Call the police!

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO

Exchange work and vacation schedules with a neighbour you trust, so you can keep an eye on each other's homes.

If your neighbour is away, and you see an obvious invitation to a burglar, correct it. (Close the open garage door or remove the accumulation of newspapers and mail from their doorstep or mailbox.)

HOW TO DEVELOP THE PROGRAM

The most important thing is get involved. Crime Prevention is everyone's responsibility and the safest
communities are those where the residents are committed to crime prevention and the Neighbourhood Watch program. To have an active Neighbourhood Watch block, the following must be in place:

There MUST be someone on the block who is designated as Block Captain.

The Block Captain is the backbone of the Neighbourhood Watch Program. Block Captains on active blocks receive crime notifications from the police and "fan out" this information to other Neighbourhood Watch members on their block. They also attend one or two special Block Captain meetings each year where they are given additional information on crime prevention and related topics.
If there is no one willing to volunteer a few hours a year as a Block Captain the block could be removed from the Neighbourhood Watch Program.

Once a block meets the above criteria, information will start flowing from the Police Service to the Block Captain for distribution to all Neighbourhood Watch members on the block. The police will pass on information regarding recent crimes that have occurred in the area, as well as other special information that will be of interest to members.

Remember: Without volunteers this program does not work.
Get involved!

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH TIPS

Put the Neighbourhood Watch window decals up immediately.
Get to know your neighbours and encourage them to attend a Neighbourhood Watch New Members meeting.
Conduct a security audit of your home and make every effort to upgrade any weaknesses.
Take part in Operation Identification.
Borrow an engraver from the Police Service and mark and record items of value.
Practice every personal safety and home security precaution.
If you witness a crime in progress Take Action and phone 635-2173. or your local Police detachment.
Stay on the line and give what ever information you can to the operator.
If you wish to remain anonymous tell the operator - but still provide them with the information that they request.
If you see activity that you feel is suspicious, phone the police immediately
If you are a victim of any type of crime report it to the police. Remember that the police do not know what crimes are happening in your neighbourhood unless you tell them. You should also advise your Block Captain and neighbours. They may have seen or heard of something that could help the police in their investigation.
The Police advise your Block Captain of crimes that occur on or in relation to your block. Your Block Captain passes this information on to you by telephone fan-out. Be sure to always pass on this information.
Communicate with your neighbours. Share information - and together you can make a difference.

Following these simple tips can make your neighbourhood a
safer place to live. An active Neighbourhood Watch can result in savings on your insurance premium. Remember, it takes three: you, your Block Captain and the Police to keep your Neighbourhood Watch working.

It is up to you to keep "Watching".