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Gander continues push to start Neighbourhood Watch program

According to Municipal Enforcement, forming a Neighbourhood Watch program will help prevent crime in Gander.
Gander municipal enforcement will hold an information session about establishing Neighbourhood Watch programs in Gander. - Adam Randell

Information session to be held Jan. 25

GANDER, NL – Gander municipal enforcement will hold its next information session on establishing a Neighbourhood Watch program at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 at the fire hall.

Establishing a community watch group has been an ongoing project for municipal enforcement, according to direction established by council.

Two sessions have already been held, with a section of Yeager Street signing up for the program. Neighbourhood Watch signage and decals are being installed on the street.

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However, Corporal Wanda-Lee Jenkins said with the program still being relatively new to the area, the sessions have been hit and miss.

“We haven’t had a lot of interest so far,” she said. “Our aim is to continue to do the sessions to get the word out.”
As in previous session, the meeting encourages people to get involved with the program.

Jenkins said forming a strong Neighbourhood Watch program can have positive implications in deterring crime.

“I think once you see a neighbourhood enrolled in the program, residents will see a difference in crime in the area.”

Jenkins is also looking for a watch commander/president who would be responsible for working directly with block captains and municipal enforcement.

Anyone interested in the Neighbourhood Watch program can contact Jenkins via email: neighbourhoodwatch@gandercanada.com or by phone: 256-4065.

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