Wed. Dec 6th, 2023

An attempted break and enter on an elderly widow’s home in Warialda has been the catalyst in forming a new Neighbourhood Watch program.

Local resident Natalie Taylor decided to take action after multiple reports of a rise in the number of break and enters, car and fuel and on-farm thefts in the area.

“I would rather deal with it at the beginning of the problem than at the end of it. We can’t stop crime but hopefully we can make it a bit safer,” Taylor says.

Around 45 people attended two community meetings which were held in May to gain feedback on the idea of starting the Neighbourhood Watch group.

A committee will be elected on 7 June at a public meeting at the Community Home Support Program (CHSP) Office in Warialda from 10am.

It is hoped the group will be able to provide education to the community on how to make their possessions and homes more secure, while also encouraging people to look out for one another.

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