Brian Hudson and Councilor Ros Heit are on the lookout for more Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators.
Brian Hudson and Councilor Ros Heit are on the lookout for more Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators. Michael Nolan

More help needed to keep neighbourhood safe

WONDAI'S Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, Brian Hudson wants more residents to sign up to the organisation in a bid to keep his town safer.

The group has been active for about 30 years but recently a significant number of its members have dropped out.

They are either leaving the area or are unable to stay involved as they get older.

"The whole of the community are members but getting the co-ordinators is a problem,” Mr Hudson said.

"Of late there have been quite a few cars stolen and some quite frightening experiences from people.

"These young blokes, they enter the house and look for the car keys, we're told that one experience is of a lady who had her car keys on her bedside table.

"These keys were stolen and her car was stolen.”

Mr Hudson reckons a vibrant Neighbourhood Watch improves overall safety and makes life difficult for would-be criminals.

The group meets on the first Tuesday of every third month. Its next meeting will be at the Wondai RSL from 7.30pm on June 5.

Along with a new crop of younger co-ordinators it needs someone who has ideas on using social media.

For more information about how you can help call 4168 5957.

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