Ongwediva Police and community talk neighbourhood watch

14 Mar 2016 19:10pm
ONGWEDIVA, 14 MAR (NAMPA) - Members of the Ongwediva Police held a meeting with the Ongwediva community here on Friday evening to introduce neighbourhood watch patrols aimed at preventing crime at the town.
Ongwediva Station Commander, Inspector Elizabeth Nghihepa urged community members to volunteer for the neighbourhood watch group to ensure tighter security at the town.
She advised community members to report any suspicious activities they observe in their surroundings, and help the police in preventing crime.
“Housebreaking was rife during the years 2008 and 2009, when houses in Ongwediva were broken into every other day,” she stated.
The police have since tightened security, and reports of this nature have reduced.
The station commander also blamed home owners for the losses they incur due to theft, saying some of them might have attracted thieves to their houses as they do not take proper security measures and tend to leave their homes unlocked, even when just going to the neighbours.
Over the past years, thieves all over the country have been inventing new tactics to steal other people’s belongings.
Nghihepa added that recently, thieves have been reported to use “selfie” sticks to reach for and steal belongings out of arm’s reach and most likely through an open window.
Selfie sticks are extendable metal rods used to take photographs by positioning a smartphone or camera beyond the normal range of the arm.
“Neighbours should also be in communication with one another in case they notice or observe strange behaviour while a neighbour is away; they can alert owners and police very quickly,” Nghihepa said.
She also commended members of the Women and Men Network Against Crime group, saying they are doing a good job at the town, and that the addition of neighbourhood watch programmes would be taking a step closer to a crime-free town.