A new Neighbourhood Watch NT (NHWNT) survey is gauging Katherine’s safety.
Targeting Katherine first, the survey will inform future planning, programs and policies.
Kicking off Neighbourhood Watch Week, NHWNT Katherine volunteer Jenny Duggan was at the Katherine Woolworths Complex on Saturday to encourage residents to complete the survey.
“We want Territorians to connect with their neighbours in a way that works for them, and their community,” Ms Duggan said.
“People who live in Katherine are no different to other areas across the Territory that are experiencing outbreaks of crime in their neighbourhoods.
“Crime prevention is everybody’s business and we believe that it takes a community to take action not just government and police. Police have limited resources and can’t be everywhere all the time.
“Neighbourhood Watch has a strong partnership with Katherine Police and our members on the ground can support them by educating and empowering the community to increase their personal safety,” she said.
Ms Duggan said during this week volunteers will be talking to as many residents as possible to better understand local issues.
“This will help us to deliver more relevant and effective programs,” she said.
“It is imperative that the community remain vigilant and report any crimes or suspicious behaviour.
“I would encourage people to access the Neighbourhood Watch NT website which provides some practical tips on how you can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
As part of Neighbourhood Watch Week, a new initiative is supporting community safety.
“We are pleased that Cleanaway, the contractor to the Katherine Town Council, have agreed to support community safety by placing our stickers on all new wheelie bins,” Ms Duggan said.
“These stickers are very visible to the public and promote the contact details for reporting crime or suspicious activity.
“You can grab one for your bin or you can pick up uv marker kits at the local Police Station or Katherine MLA Sandra Nelson’s office.”
Complete the survey here.
Neighbourhood Watch Week is an annual event recognised throughout Australia and New Zealand. This year it takes place from Saturday October 6 to Friday October 12.