result of the considerable increase in crime
affecting our neighbourhood in recent years, a group of
dedicated long-term residents and business
Gardens Watch as an appropriate response.
Gardens Watch has modelled its crime prevention
and ant-grime strategy on the
successful neighbourhood watch structures
which already exist in the city bowl, and
the Broken Window Theory of crime and grime
prevention successfully implemented in New York
two decades ago.
WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH?
neighbourhood watch is an organized group of
residents and business owners who are devoted to crime and vandalism
prevention within a neighbourhood. In other
words, neighbourhood watch is a crime prevention
scheme under which members of a given community
agree together to keep an eye on one another's
properties, patrolling the street - and
reporting suspicious incidents to the police.
The aim of neighbourhood watch includes
educating residents of a community on security
and safety and achieving safe and secure
neighbourhoods through structured programs with
The Mission of Gardens Watch is to be a
vibrant, inclusive and effective community based
organisation that actively works with all
law-abiding citizens, businesses and government agencies to develop a
friendly, safe and caring neighbourhood where
people can live, learn, work and play, without
This will be achieved by:
Encouraging effective community cooperation
Developing proactive partnerships
Promoting crime prevention activities that
reduce crime opportunity
Empowering households, streets and
neighbourhoods with regards to safety and
aim to achieve this by introducing:
Community neighbourhood patrols
Two way radio communication network that
allows direct and immediate radio access to
all active Gardens Watch members, police,
armed response companies and fire services.
platform for effective communication between
members of Gardens Watch.
Collation of data on criminal activity from
primary (victims) and secondary (police and
armed response companies) sources by type,
time and frequency allowing us to identify
crime hotspots, trends and escape routes,
and communicate this to Gardens Watch
“specialised skills” database primarily
focusing on areas relating to:
1. Safety and Security
2. Medical / Paramedical skills
3. Fire and general disaster management
YOUR CALL TO ACTION!
you are a home or flat owner, tenant,
retiree, work from home, housewife/man, dog
walker and are interested in improving safety in
this area, your involvement will be most
welcome. The effectiveness of this initiative is
dependent on the active and continued participation of Gardens
join us in making Gardens
Watch work and Gardens safe. Speak to friends,
neighbours and colleagues and convince them to
SUMMARY OF OUR COMMITMENT
Trust – we build a community of
neighbours who trust one another.
Caring – we
care for one another and will go the extra mile
for our neighbours, including providing victim
support when affected by crime.
Alert – we
are alert to watch out for suspicious people and
we work together as positive people to make a
difference to the crime situation.
Action-orientated – we do not sit back, we
stand up and implement actions to improve safety
in our neighbourhood.
– we have a clear structure and sound strategy
based on our Constitution to ensure that we
achieve our goals.
– we build relationships with the Police,
security companies, businesses and other
role-players to mobilise people against crime.
involvement – we believe that crime can be
eliminated if the whole community is actively
involved in the fight against crime, we
therefore value any inputs and suggestions on
– we believe in open lines of communication and
will therefore use all communications methods to
reach out to one another.
citizenship – as good law-abiding citizens,
we promote the value of citizenship and that is
the reason why we say no to crime! Prevention –
we believe that crime can not only be reduced,
but also prevented if we can raise our level of
awareness among residents.
Safety – we
believe that most types of crimes can be
prevented if we practice safety ourselves.
– our strategy and actions are based on the
principle of visibility, the more visible we
are, the lower the crime rate.
and ownership – while we do form
partnerships with other stakeholders, we believe
in taking responsibility and ownership for
safety in our streets. We can outsource security
to reaction companies, but safety is our own
responsibility. This is our neighbourhood, we
have to accept ownership for our own safety.