Neighbourhood Watch groups proves a hit against crime

08 Jan 2015 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 08 JAN (NAMPA) – Women and Men Networks and various neighbourhood watch groups in and around Windhoek has proven a formidable force in assisting the Namibian Police (NamPol) to root out crime.
Atoosa Fischer Buder, Chairperson of the Brakwater Neighbourhood Watch told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday that Women and Men networks have been assisting the Namibian Police force (NamPol) around the clock to reduce crime.
She said that there are about 7 000 volunteers registered with the Namibian Police to be part of the women and men network.
Buder said that a total of 180 illegal and unlicensed firearms have been collected from people last year by the women and men network in Katutura.
Most of them were operating in areas around Katutura, as it is regarded as an area where most crime occurs.
Neighbourhood watch groups are made out of people living in a particular neighbourhood, who work together to fight crime within their residential area.
She mentioned that areas such Avis, Breakwater, Hochland park, Eros, Kapps farm, Klein Windhoek, Academia, Pionierspark and Windhoek- West have established neighbourhood watch groups in place.
“Neighbourhood watch groups have proven to be effective as the crime rate in those areas have decreased drastically. What the neighbourhood watch groups do is that they report suspicious people and cars moving in their areas and report them to the police,' Buder said.
She urged other areas that do not have neighbourhood watch groups to consult the Namibian Police in order to get registered and be able to help themselves as the police also need their assistance.