‘Neighbours Helping Neighbours’
The security role of SEAP draws from the components of existing neighbourhood watch programs. It is a way to have neighbours watch out for themselves, their block and Craig Bay. It involves being alert and reporting suspicious activity to your police and neighbours.
What it is:
Neighbourhood watch is an extension of what you may already be doing on a daily basis. Many of us have watched our neighbour’s home for them when they are away or at work, as a favour. Under a watch system, that watchfulness is broadened and becomes more systematic. All residents of a block get to know each other through participation and communication to keep an eye out for each other.
It involves being alert as part of your everyday life. For example, when you go to a window to close the drapes, take the time to look around the neighbourhood. Ensure everything is as it should be. Talk to your neighbours to keep them aware of current crime prevention techniques and news of local crime trends.
For success, the program needs two commitments: The first is to be concerned about your neighbour’s property as you would your own. The second is to report suspicious or criminal activity to the police, your SEAP Captain and talk about your observation with your neighbours.
What it’s not:
Neighbourhood watch isn’t about the invasion of privacy.
Neighbours are encouraged to ‘watch out’ for one another, not to ‘watch’ one another