Scenic Rim Council and Beaudesert police to gauge interest in Neighbourhood Watch

UNITED: Beaudesert police station officer-in-charge Geoff Douglas and Division 3 Scenic Rim councillor Virginia West will host a Neighbourhood Watch meeting on March 17 to gauge interest in a Neighbourhood Watch network. Photo: Jacob Wilson
UNITED: Beaudesert police station officer-in-charge Geoff Douglas and Division 3 Scenic Rim councillor Virginia West will host a Neighbourhood Watch meeting on March 17 to gauge interest in a Neighbourhood Watch network. Photo: Jacob Wilson

SCENIC Rim councillor Virginia West and Beaudesert police are seeking to gauge community interest in the formation of a Neighbourhood Watch group in Division 3.

Cr West and Beaudesert police station officer-in-charge Geoff Douglas will host a one hour Neighborhood Watch meeting at Junior Chamber Park on March 17, Saturday from 9am.

The purpose of the meeting is to specifically inform people living in Brayford Estate, Banksia Green and Hugo Drive about how Neighborhood Watch networks function and whether this is a viable option for the area.

Senior Sergeant Douglas said it was important to ensure people had an accurate understanding of how the Neighbourhood Watch concept worked in practice.

“For a Neighbourhood Watch group to take off you need a handful of people who are genuinely interested and committed to doing it and learning what it is about and working with us,” he said.

“To get it going we need to support them until they can get the hang of it, we will give them information on what it is and what it is not.

“Some people think they are a vigilante group acting for police and we want to make it clear that is not the case.”

Cr West said she hoped interest could spill over to other parts of Beaudesert if a network is successfully achieved.

“If this works hopefully my fellow councillors will do in their area too,” she said.

“This is a partnership between police and council and we are looking forward to seeing this work.

“We are sure we will have a group and help get it off the ground until they can stand on their own two feet.”

Police will also provide information leaflets to further inform the community about the program.

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