I'm glad Neighbourhood Watch is phasing itself out, I hate the idea of Neighbours ratting each other out to the Police as a first step.NEIGHBOURHOOD Watch, the community policing network credited with cutting crime rates in the suburbs, is close to collapse.
A restructure ordered by police command last July has left volunteers demoralised and forced some groups to close.
Neighbourhood co-ordinators say police no longer supply crime statistics by street, which was the backbone of the community-police liaison project. They also no longer attend briefing meetings on local crime.
Every time there's an issue these days the first thing people do is call "The Man", whether it's the local council By Laws Officers (Bailiffs in other words) or the Cops.
We have a dispute going on in my street over a cat straying into someone's yard, the young girl who owns the cat is being threatened with legal action by the council and she still doesn't know who's complaining against her. One phone call or a quick doorknock could sort things like this out, it's a bloody Cat for crying out loud!
So good riddance Neighbourhood Watch, the less opportunity people have to snoop and tell on each other the better, it might get some real face to face problem solving back into our lives.