Communities urged to form own neighbourhood watch
Husbands Gardens, St. James is gradually making headway into becoming a “safe, caring and crime free community.”
Speaking at the launch of the Husbands Garden Westwood Park (HGWP) Neighbour Watch, Chairman of the interim committee, Daniel Jordan reminded the residents that it was their responsibility to report acts of crime or deviance sited in the community.
“We as residents serve as additional eyes and ears of the law enforcement agencies. What we in the community should do is try to be each other’s keeper and by doing so we are saying that we are lookout for one another – something that is lacking in today’s community,” stressed Jordan.
The neighbourhood watch, is an initiative developed by the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) under the National Crime Prevention Strategy, to enlist the active participation of residents in their respective communities to cooperate with members of law enforcement to reduce crime in society.
Delivering the feature address, Acting Station Sergeant Roland Cobbler highlighted that burglary was the most prevalent crime in Barbados and a major concern for the RBPF.
“The economic cost of this crime is illuminous as properties worth several hundreds of dollars are taken each year. This lost is worn by…the property owners and in some cases insurance companies,” said the station sergeant in-charge of community policing island wide.
“We [the RPBF] are of the strong belief that the neighbourhood watch is one of those initiatives, that when managed effectively by the residents can play a role in not only…reducing those incidents of burglaries but tackling those incidents of juvenile delinquency and juvenile offenders.”
Cobbler explained that the neighbourhood watch could be used to tackle those social issues confronting society, encouraging residents of the HGWP and other communities to come together as a “broad-based family” to maintain a certain level of security in Barbados.
These sentiments were reiterated by Trevor Griffith, police officer in-charge of community policing in the Northern Division.
“Don’t let crime be the only bound [ as a neighbourhood watch], think about everything that can make you as a community grow stronger , don’t expect the police to be your cement and you the block.”
Griffith encouraged the residents to “stay together through thick and thin”, stating that it “can only happen if the members of the community support the committee and turn out to the meetings and social gatherings.” (KK)