Cyprus Mail

Larnaca residents urged to join Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch is up and running in parts of Nicosia

A joint effort is underway by Larnaca municipality and police to get members of the public to sign up to the neighborhood watch programme.

An announcement on Tuesday called on citizens to sign up “for a safer Larnaca”.

Members of the public that are interested are “encouraged to contact police for any unusual, suspicious or criminal activities the see in their neighbourhood.”

Chief of the Crime Prevention Unit Christophoros Handoudis said police were pleased by the response across the country but there was room for improvement.

The programme runs in 28 municipalities and 122 community councils.

“We have more than 63,000 volunteer participants,” Handoudis told the Cyprus Mail.

Asked if Larnaca had low participation hence prompting the move, the chief said “no we just like to remind people every now and then. To push them to participate, give them a little nudge.”

Dali municipality, the first to pioneer the programme, has the largest public response, accounting for 40 per cent of the volunteers, he added.

“In Dali we have also seen a reduction in the level of crime, and I believe the Neighbourhood Watch programme has been a factor,” Handoudis said.

Members of the public interested in becoming neighbourhood watchers in Larnaca can contact 24 816575 and 99 318024. For any other cities, contact police at 199 or 1460. Members of the public can contact local police stations, the municipality or the Crime Prevention Unit at 22 808944

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