How would 'Neighbourhood and Rural Watch' be defined?
The most appropriate definition would be 'neighbours looking after neighbours'.This does not mean living on each other's doorstep or in the home paddock but mindful of what happenings are normal and what are not.
For example, if the family are known to be away either in hospital, on holidays, etc, and a truck is on the property loading furniture or stock, would this be considered 'normal' with the family known to be away? br> It could be! br> However, if the family on whose property this is taking place had alerted neighbours or the police, or both, that this was expected to take place it would not be a worry to neighbours. But if it was not a legitimate visit and reported promptly to Police or Crimestoppers, the invasion could have been curtailed and the offenders apprehended.
'Neighbours looking after neighbours' can be done in many ways.
Have an annual morning tea to check on each other's life style, health status, update telephone numbers and email addresses. br> If the owners are expected to be away from the property on a regular basis or for short or long periods ask if the details of the expected absences could be shared. Perhaps the rubbish bins could be regularly put on the verge, the ho/me gates could be opened and closed irregularly, and a vehicle could be driven in and out of the property showing occupancy.
'Neighbours looking after neighbours' also requires observing anything at all, that is unusual, odd, or out of character, and reporting the occurrence to either the Police or Crimestoppers as soon as possible. Information taken of the incident would be date, time, duration, colour of vehicle, type of vehicle (small or large sedan, utility, small or large truck, etc), number of people visible and any other information that may be of benefit to the police.
NEIGHBOURS LOOKING AFTER NEIGHBOURS