Several residents have contacted us about establishing a Neighbourhood Watch program in Fairwinds. This week, volunteers will be canvassing on Harmattan Avenue, dropping off information packages and answering any questions that neighbours may have. Other streets will follow soon and hopefully we can roll the program out to the entire community if it’s successful. If you have any questions or would like to get involved as a block captain, please email email@example.com
Here’s a bit of info from the Ottawa Police about the program:
Neighbourhood Watch is a program to help neighbours watch out for neighbours. It aims to get citizens involved in discouraging and preventing crime at the local level. The ultimate success of Neighbourhood Watch depends largely on a commitment to cooperation between area residents and the police – and more importantly, between residents themselves.
Your neighbours know who you are, what type of car you drive, and may be the first to notice a suspicious person at your door or window. A police officer patrolling your community may not recognize a stranger in your yard – but your neighbour will.
By simply getting to know the neighbours around you, you’ll be well positioned to recognize someone or something that’s suspicious.
The Neighbourhood Watch Program encourages participation in crime prevention. As part of the program, you can learn: how to recognize and report suspicious activity in your neighbourhood; how to make your home less inviting as a target for thieves; and how to participate in Operation Identification, an engraving program for your valuables.