Residents of Platinum Heights and Callenders Gardens, Christ Church, were reminded to be their neighbours’ keeper as the communities launched their Neighbourhood Watch Programme yesterday.
Senior Superintendent of Police Colvin Bishop urged residents not to become complacent even though the community might be incident free.
“There are a number of neighbourhood watches which are inactive . . . whenever a community becomes incident free some watches become dormant. Crime can escalate at any time but if you continue to be vigilant and sustain your watch, this would make it difficult for intruders to infiltrate your community and commit crime,” he said.
Bishop encouraged the residents to be vigilant at all times and to take the necessary precautionary measures such as monitoring their communities, installing home security systems and knowing local crime patterns.
He said that the survival of the programme would be dependent on the participation of all residents.
“The success of the programme rests on your participation and it is necessary that you and your neighbours support the scheme . . . Crime prevention is everybody’s business and residents of a community are all responsible for its protection,” Bishop said.