Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Coalition Breathes New Life Into Neighbourhood Watch
Victor P Taffa
A Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will revitalise and strengthen Neighbourhood Watch to ensure local communities can regain control of their streets, Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.
“The Coalition will breathe new life into Neighbourhood Watch by providing this much-loved but under-appreciated volunteer organisation with $550,000 over four years.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“If elected in November, the Coalition will enhance the role of Neighbourhood Watch, and fund a new state headquarters and manager to increase statewide crime prevention activities to make Victoria safer.”
“The Brumby Government’s soft-on-crime approach has caused Neighbourhood Watch to waste away because of a lack of support and resources.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“Premier John Brumby has refused to fund this practical, commonsense organisation, which has a 15,000-strong volunteer base.”
Mr. Baillieu said the reinvigoration of Neighbourhood Watch was part of the Coalition’s comprehensive law and order plan to boost community safety and bring crime prevention into the 21st century.
“Neighbourhood Watch is a powerful grassroots crime fighting tool that has been woefully under-utilised by the Brumby Government.” Mr. Baillieu said.
The organisation supports residents in protecting themselves and their property by encouraging people to be more vigilant, boost home security, and report any suspicious activity in their local area.
There are 1,300 Neighbourhood Watch areas across Victoria, and they include more than 900,000 Households and 2.8 Million people.
Mr. Baillieu said a Coalition Government would also restore access to street-by-street crime statistics for local Neighbourhood Watch groups, to ensure communities could make informed decisions based on crime rates in their areas.
“A whole-of-community approach is required to stop criminals in their tracks and only a Coalition Government will support a practical, positive partnership between police and residents to make Victoria safer.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“Criminals have no place in Victoria and only the Coalition is willing to support Neighbourhood Watch to help prevent crime and reduce fear on our Streets.” Mr. Baillieu said.