More eyes watching Tweed Valley
TWEED Valley is fighting crime the smart way with two new Neighbourhood Watch areas.
Combined Neighbourhood Watch committee secretary Gordon Levenson said two new groups had been formed in the Tweed Valley.
“We have 14 areas under the combined committee in the Tweed Valley and it is the most concentrated area in NSW,” Mr Levenson said.
“A new one is now in Fingal, and Banora Point West has split from the Banora Point area.”
Neighbourhood Watch Fingal Heads has been revived with support from the Fingal Heads Community Association.
Fingal Heads Neighbourhood Watch secretary Robert Bradford said the revival in Fingal Heads was due to increasing crime and hooning in the area.
“People have been bothered for quite a while in Fingal,” Mr Bradford said.
“We have only been up and running for a few weeks but are hoping to recruit new members.”
Mr Levenson has been involved in the area’s community-based crime-prevention organisation for more than 20 years.
He said the committees were not designed to be the police but to gather quality information to help police operations.
“Our job is intelligence, and as we get information we pass it on to police,” Mr Levenson said.
“We never approach people and only the police are able to handle police matters.”
Mr Levenson said committee members worked closely with police and the crime prevention officer.
“It is also about educating the public about crime prevention,” he said.
Tweed/Byron crime co-ordinator Sergeant Stuart Crawford said he has worked closely with Neighbourhood Watch for the past nine years.
“A lot of people are still reluctant to talk directly to the police and they will go to their Neighbourhood Watch,” he said.
“Although we would prefer if people rang Crime Stoppers or the local police station, it still works.”
Mr Levenson said a website devoted to Neighbourhood Watch in the Tweed should be live before Christmas.
“The website will give us the opportunity to spread our wings and get to more people,” Mr Levenson said.