Peter keeps eye on the 'hood
TWEED Heads West has a new Neighbourhood Watch coordinator keen to keep petty crime down.
Long-term resident Peter Sibilant joined Neighbourhood Watch as a volunteer and was put straight into the top job.
He said the area would be a beautiful place to live when the Kennedy Dr upgrade was completed and he wanted to pull the community together.
"It's a beautiful quiet side of the Tweed," Mr Sibilant said.
"The waterways and rural aspect make it a lovely place.
"I think we're doing a lot better than some areas for crime."
Mr Sibilant said his duties would involve coordinating meetings and contacting volunteers with information.
"You can't eradicate all crime," he admitted.
"Everyone has that momentary lack of judgement.
"But silly things like people leaving their cars or houses unlocked make it easy for thieves.
"Some people are really desperate and will risk breaking a car window to grab some cigarettes or loose change.
"Not leaving valuables in sight will help cut down petty crime."
Mr Sibilant is currently working to get a Tweed Heads West Neighbourhood Watch Facebook page up and running.
He attributed a lot of the recently popularity of Neighbourhood Watch groups to the new Facebook initiative Eyewatch run by NSW Police.
If you want to volunteer with Tweed Heads West Neighbourhood Watch call Mr Sibilant on 0404 058 676.