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Neighbourhood Watch Systems • Neighbourhood watch systems are examples of com...

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Neighbourhood Watch Systems • Neighbourhood watch systems are examples of com...

Neighbourhood Watch Systems

• Neighbourhood watch systems are examples of community crime-prevention activities with the emphasis on community awareness and taking proactive measures to prevent crime or solve crime problems.
• If properly managed, similar initiatives will contribute to the social control of areas.
• Activities may include organised surveillance of strangers, suspicious-looking vehicles or persons, identification of potential crime targets, finding solutions for crime problems, establishing citizen patrols, developing emergency plans in cases of natural disasters, among other things.
• The crime-prevention official's role in neighbourhood watch systems is of importance as the police and community are dependent on each other to prevent crime effectively.
• The community plays a major role in supplying information on crime to the police.
• Information on crime can be described as the " bloodline" of effective policing.
• It is, however, useless if the community supplies information that can prevent crimes if it is not followed up or attended to by the police.
• The crime-prevention official can be instrumental in providing advice regarding the following issues:
1. Personal safety
2. Target hardening
3. Modus operandi and description of criminals operating in the area
4. Legal aspects
5. Human rights
6. Identifying possible crime problems
7. Gathering crime information/intelligence
8. Communication systems
9. Community patrolling programmes for the purpose of surveillance
10. Training domestic servants in emergency plans.

• CPFs can, in cooperation with the police, play a vital role in establishing and managing effective neighbourhood watch systems.
• Crime-prevention officials should take care that the aims and objectives of these systems are above suspicion and that they operate within the ambit of the law.

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