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Cyprus second in EU for neighbourhood watchers

Cyprus ranks 2nd in implementation of the ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ programme among European Union member states that have adopted the programme, a police report said on Wednesday.

According to a survey, requested by police chief Zacharias Chrysostomou, the highest rate of implementation per capita across the European Union was observed in Sweden, with 8 per cent, followed by Cyprus at 6.56 per cent.

Fourteen EU member states have implemented the programme. In addition to Cyprus and Sweden, these are Austria, Latvia, Italy, Denmark, England and Wales, Lithuania, Estonia, Slovakia, Moldova, Greece, France, and Belgium.

Chrysostomou had asked the Crime Prevention Desk to draft and send out questionnaires to the secretariat of the European Union Crime Prevention Network (EUSPN), which were then forwarded to member states for their responses.

“The Neighbourhood Watch programme is a modern crime-prevention strategy, which is implemented in close cooperation between the police, local government authorities, and citizens,” the police report said.

According to the report, the Neighbourhood Watch programme was first implemented in 2011, and has thus far recorded 57,400 neighbourhood watchers.

It has been implemented in 141 municipalities and local communities, with 44 in the process of implementing it.

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