Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Neighbourhood Watch is in search for more volunteers

ON WATCH: Barbara and Paul Smith, Margaret Kneeebone, Senior Constable Matt Fegan, Margaret Lovell, Jim Miles and Graham Philp of Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Neighbourhood Watch. There will be a meeting searching for more volunteers on Thursday, July 6 at the CWA Hall from 7pm.

ON WATCH: Barbara and Paul Smith, Margaret Kneeebone, Senior Constable Matt Fegan, Margaret Lovell, Jim Miles and Graham Philp of Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Neighbourhood Watch. There will be a meeting searching for more volunteers on Thursday, July 6 at the CWA Hall from 7pm.

Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Neighbourhood Watch is in search for more volunteers and their Area co-ordinator is City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp.

“We would like to invite members of the community to our meeting on Thursday, July 6, at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the CWA building on the corner of Torrens Road and Crozier Road, Victor Harbor,” Mr Philp said.

“I have been in the role since  April 6. Since taking on this role I now believe there is an urgent need for new volunteers for the group to be able to move forward.”

Guest speaker for the evening will be Police Co-ordinator Senior Constable Matt Secombe. He will also have volunteer forms to complete and he will take your photograph, ensure the identification and forward the forms to have you accepted at no cost.

“Come along and welcome Matt to our group and find out his story. We need new members from all areas from Encounter Bay to Port Elliot to assist with our projects, deliver our newsletter and to assist in some committee roles. If we cannot fill the roles required our group may have to close down. We need your help now,” Mr Philp said.

Neighbourhood watch is one of the most effective ways for neighbourhoods to reduce crime in their surrounding areas.  It assists in protecting property, reducing car break ins and house burglary.

Mr Philp said working in conjunction with local police services, Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Neighbourhood Watch can be a formidable team against criminals and their illegal activities.

“We also need people to assist with keeping graffiti at bay. This being another service we do for our community free of charge,” Mr Philp said.

The Victor Harbor Neighbourhood Watch has been operating for more than 20 years after commencing in 1995 and been important in getting safety information along with criminal information to the community. An amalgamation occurred with Port Elliot in the late 2000’s. 

Initiatives launched by Neighbourhood Watch include a partnership between Neighbourhood Watch and SA Police for Operation Subtract. This is a special operation to attack a rising trend in break-ins and with more volunteers this could be implemented on the south coast. 

Another initiative Neighbourhood Watch SA have assisted will finish at the end of June. It encourages volunteers to ‘Bleed Green’, asking Facebook supporters, plus their friends and family, to head into their local Australian Red Cross Blood Service to donate blood.

Please contact Graham Philp on 0418 851 311.

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